The Eastern name given to the Chinese feminine deity which appears from time to time to inspire and comfort humanity, known as the Bodhisativa of Compassion. She is the embodiment of beauty and purity. As the wise woman of matriarchy, the healer-teacher sage, she represents the three aspects of holding strength in restraint, unity, and caring love.
The Chinese manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Although originally depicted as male, he gradually became represented as female. She appears to all who need her help, especially those threatened by water, demons, sword or fire. Childless women often turn to her for help.
popular Buddhist diety often referred to as the goddess of mercy and peace (Cantonese).