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Ma Zhu: Goddess of Journey

Matsu or Mazhu (literally "Mother-Ancestor"), mortal name Lin Moniang, is the Taoist goddess of the Sea (an later known as Goddess of Journey, be it in life or travels) who protects fishermen and sailors. She is extremely popular among the Taiwanese, Fujianese, Cantonese, and Vietnamese people, who have cultures strongly linked to the sea. The Matsu Islands are named after her.

There are about 800 to 1000 Taiwanese temples dedicated wholly, or usually, partly, to Matsu. Jenlan Temple in Tachia, Taichung County is the most famous Matsu temple in Taiwan, and an annual pilgrimage takes place there each spring. Chaotian Temple of Peikang Township in Yunlin is another popular temple of Matsu in Taiwan. Heavenly Empress Palace-Meizhou Ancestral Temple is on her native Meizhou Island. There is also a temple on the Pescadores Islands.

Alternative Names:
Ma Zhu, Matsu, Mazu, Lin Moniang, Mat Zhu, Sea Goddess

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