The Land of the Wu 巫

Shamans, Buddhists, and Other Womyn Mystics

Lady Linshui, Daughter of Kuan Yin

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Goddess of 10,000 Names

This legendary woman who was later declared as the Goddess Lady Linshui in the 13th century was born in the 700s as Chen Jinggu. A short time before Her conception and birth, the prefect of a district near Quanzhou tried to build a bridge across dangerous waters. Many travelers had drowned there every year, but where the bridge was most needed, it was most difficult to construct. The district’s prefect prayed to the Goddess Kuan Yin for help with his construction project, as it would certainly be very expensive. Kuan Yin heard his prayers and appeared in a boat in front of the fishing village. Kuan Yin told the gathering crowd of devotees that She would marry whoever could throw a coin and touch Her. Hundreds of silver coins were thrown at Her, but all missed and fell into the boat She was standing on. The fund-raising worked well until…

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