Temples of the Empress of Heaven
Whether known as Tianhou or Tin Hau, Mazu or A-Ma, the Empress of Heaven is one of the most important dieties of South-East China, renowned for her contol of water and her willingness to help those in distress. This book explores contemporary Chinese religious life by looking at many aspects of the cult of the Empress, examining the siting and decoration of her temples, common practices of everyday devotion, and the special traditions seen at her festivals and other holidays.
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