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Mazu – Our Lim’s Ancestral Goddess of the Sea Birthday today   Leave a comment


Mazu is a Chinese sea goddess also known by several other names and titles. She is the deified form of the purported historical Lin Mo or Lin Moniang, a Fujianese shamaness whose life span is traditionally dated from 960 to 987. Revered after her death as a tutelary deity of seafarers, including fishermen and sailors, her worship spread throughout China’s coastal regions and overseas Chinese communities throughout Southeast Asia. She was thought to roam the seas, protecting her believers through miraculous interventions. She is now generally regarded by her believers as a powerful and benevolent Queen of Heaven. Mazuism is popular in Taiwan as large of early immigrant of Taiwanese were Fujianese; her temple festival is a major event in the country, with the largest celebrations around her temples at Dajia and Beigang.

Today is our Mazu, our Lim’s Ancestral Goddess of the Sea Birthday, Wednesday 15th April, 2020. Owing to the present virus situation, Mazu shall have an extended one year stay with my family. So I shall be Lor Choo ( the Urn Keeper ) for 2020 and 2021.
Today is our Mazu, our Lim’s Ancestral Goddess of the Sea Birthday, Wednesday 15th April, 2020. Owing to the present virus situation, Mazu shall have an extended one year stay with my family. So I shall be Lor Choo ( the Urn Keeper ) for 2020 and 2021.

Lor Chu or Urn Keeper of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi of Penang   Leave a comment


Lor Chu or Urn Keeper of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi of Penang

Got selected again as Lor Chu (Urn Keeper) of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi Penang this year 2017. I was the Lor Chu in 2015.

SP Lim

 

Mazu (goddess)

Mazu, also known by several other names and titles, is a Chinese sea goddess, the deified form of the historical Lin Mo or Lin Moniang, a Fujianese shamaness traditionally dated to c. 960 – c. 987. Revered after her death as a patron of seafarers, including fishermen and sailors, her worship spread throughout China’s coastal regions and expatriate communities throughout Southeast Asia. She was thought to roam the seas, protecting her believers through miraculous interventions. She is now generally regarded by her believers as a powerful and benevolent Queen of Heaven, a role in which she is sometimes syncretized with similar figures, such as Guanyin and the Virgin Mary. Mazuism is most popular on Taiwan; her temple festival is a major event throughout the country, with the largest celebrations around her temples at Dajia and Beigang. It is a notionally illegal cult in the People’s Republic of China but is broadly tolerated and sometimes conflated with approved Taoist beliefs.

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Blogger is the selected Lor Chu or Urn Keeper of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi of Penang

Blogger is the selected Lor Chu or Urn Keeper of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi of Penang,

Blogger is the selected Lor Chu or Urn Keeper of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi of Penang,

Blogger is the selected Lor Chu or Urn Keeper of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi of Penang,

Blogger is the selected Lor Chu or Urn Keeper of Mazu Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi of Penang,

 

Names and titles

In addition to Mazu[or Ma-tsu, meaning “Maternal Ancestor” “Mother”, “Granny”, or “Grandmother”, Lin Moniang is worshipped under various other names and titles:

  • Mazupo (“Granny Mazu”), a popular name in Fujian
  • Linghui Furen (“Lady of Numinous Grace”), an official title conferred in 1156.
  • Linghui Fei (“Princess of Numinous Grace”), an official title conferred in 1192.
  • Tianfei (“Princess of Heaven”), fully Huguo Mingzhu Tianfei (“Illuminating Princess of Heaven who Protects the Nation”), an official title conferred in 1281.
  • Huguo Bimin Miaoling Zhaoying Hongren Puji Tianfei (“Heavenly Princess who Protects the Nation and Shelters the People, of Marvelous Numen, Brilliant Resonance, Magnanimous Kindness, and Universal Salvation”), an official title conferred in 1409.
  • Tianhou (“Queen of Heaven”), an official title conferred in 1683, which appears as Tin Hau in Cantonese and Thien Hau in Vietnamese contexts
  • Tianshang Shengmu (“Holy Heavenly Mother”) or Tianhou Shengmu
  • Tongxian Lingnü (“Worthy & Efficacious Lady”)
  • Shennü (“Divine Woman”)
  • Zhaoxiao Chunzheng Fuji Ganying Shengfei (“Holy Princess of Clear Piety, Pure Faith, and Helpful Response”), an official title conferred during the reign of the Hongwu Emperor of the Ming.

Although many of Mazu’s temples honor her titles Tianhou and Tianfei, it became customary to never pray to her under those names during an emergency since it was believed that, hearing one of her formal titles, Mazu might feel obligated to groom and dress herself as properly befitting her station before receiving the petition. Prayers invoking her as Mazu were thought to be answered more quickly.

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Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Lim Si Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 2   Leave a comment


Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Lim Si Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 2

Mazu ~ Part 2

Mazu ~ Part 2

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Worship of Mazu in Malaysia

Malaysia

Malaysia has a long history of Taoist religion ever since the Chinese from Southern China settled in South East Asia region. The famous Thean Hou Temple (Chinese:馬来西亚吉隆坡天后宫) situated in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia is a famous tourist destination in Asia. Many other temples and statues are found throughout the country.

Every year, the Nine Emperor Gods Festival is celebrated, especially in Penang whilst the Birthday of Mazu celebrated throughout the country.
A major project to build the world’s tallest Mazu statue on the Northernmost tip of Borneo at Kudat was officially launched by the leader and people of Sabah recently. The statue was to be 10-stories high and would draw millions of tourists to the country every year. This project has however been canceled due to protests from a few Muslims in Sabah and some political interference.

In Kampung Tok’kong, an isolated village far from Kota Bharu, Kelantan, a celebration also takes place at the village temple of ‘Seng Choon Keong (圣春宫)’. Mazu followers go there to pay homage to Mazu and offer prayers for health and wealth as well as for personal safety and security. Every Friday, some believers go there to seek priests to ask for fortune and security from Mazu. The followers also seek a help from the goddess to face their personal problems. The Sea Goddess is extensively worshiped around South China Sea, and the Seng Choon Keong Temple is regarded as the cradle of Mazu culture in Malaysia. In fact a lot of migrants go seek bless from Mazu to avoid any unexpected danger before departing for a long journey. As the tradition holds, the sea Goddess protects and saves people’s lives during their journeys.

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 2

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Lim Si Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 2

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Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Lim Si Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 2

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Lim Si Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 2

I shall leave the original posting untouched and unedited, as it is as it is difficult to re-post the photographs in larger sizes here due to the instability.

SP Lim

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Lim Si Seang Kooi Tong, Penang ~ Part 1   Leave a comment


Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Lim Si Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

From Wikipedia:

Mazu (Goddess)

Mazu (traditional Chinese: 媽祖; simplified Chinese: 妈祖), also spelt Matsu and Ma-tsu, is the Chinese patron goddess who is said to protect seafarers, such as fishermen and sailors. The worship of Mazu began in the Song dynasty. Mazu is widely worshiped in the coastal regions of China, especially in Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Tianjin and Hainan. She is also worshiped in Taiwan and other places in East/Southeast Asia.
Her birthplace was Meizhou (湄州) in Putian County (莆田縣), Fujian Province. She was born in the year 960. Her family had the surname Lin (林). She had the name Lin Moniang (Chinese: 林默娘). She died on 4 October 987. After her death, she was remembered as a young lady in a red dress, who would forever roam over the seas.

Mazu's Birthday Celebration at Lim Si Seang Kooi Tong as Mazu is the Patron Goddess of the Surname Lim Clan.

Mazu’s Birthday Celebration at Lim Si Seang Kooi Tong as Mazu is the Patron Goddess of the Surname Lim Clan.

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

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Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

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Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

Mazu Birthday Celebrations at Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang ~ Part 1

I am re-uploading all these smaller-sized photographs above due to my internet problem as I have mistakenly re-programme my Picasa settings. Apologies, folks. Latest, cannot reload as only photograph can be done while the rest – “HTTP Error”. So, the post remained as it is.

SP Lim

Mazu – second day of Birthday Prayers   Leave a comment


Mazu – second day of Birthday Prayers
This is the second day, Tuesday May 12, 2015 of offering of Birthday prayers to our Patron Goddess of the Lim Clan by our Lim Clan Association of Seang Kooi Tong Lim Kongsi at Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi Temple. As it is a smaller association and a off-shoot of the original Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi – the main Association, we had the honour of rounding up the final prayers to our Patron Goddess of the Sea as she was of the “Lim” surname too. I am happy to report that the blogger was “selected” to be the “Lor Chu” or Urn Bearer for 2015/2016 term with Lim Chye Hong as the Assistant Lor Chu. After ritual burning of the joss papers, we had lunch to end the afternoon session. Tonight we shall have a dinner to commemorate the ocassion.

SP Lim

Mazu – the Taoist Goddess of the Sea   Leave a comment


Mazu – the Taoist Goddess of the Sea
Today is the Birthday Celebrations of Mazu – the Taoist Goddess of the Sea, our Lim Most Famous Ancestor Patron Diety, thus we are conducting prayers at our Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi, Penang.
From Wikipedia
Mazu (traditional Chinese: 媽祖; simplified Chinese: 妈祖), also spelt Matsu and Ma-tsu, is the Chinese patron goddess who is said to protect seafarers, such as fishermen and sailors. The worship of Mazu began in the Song dynasty. Mazu is widely worshiped in the coastal regions of China, especially in Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, and Hainan. She is also worshiped in Taiwan and other places in East/Southeast Asia.

Her birthplace was Meizhou (湄州) in Putian County (莆田縣), Fujian Province. She was born in the year 960. Her family had the surname Lin (林). She had the name Lin Moniang (Chinese: 林默娘). She died on 4 October 987.[1] After her death, she was remembered as a young lady in a red dress, who would forever roam over the seas.

The ” bare-footed” Mazu or Goddess of the Sea in Kelantan   Leave a comment


Remembering Kelantan ….. the last day there saw the 4 adventurers hunting for the over 200 years old – the ” barefooted ” Mazu’s Temple near Kota Bharu. We searched for 2 hours and with Albert Tan’s persistence and patience, we were successful in locating this Temple but the caretaker was not around. Next time, we shall check on why the Goddess of the Sea is called ” Chek Kah ” Mazu here?

SP Lim

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. — Isaac Asimov

Tokong Mek or Tin Hin Kong Temple of Kampung China, Kota Bharu, Kelantan   Leave a comment


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This is a very old Mazu Temple named locally as Tokong Mek or Tin Hin Kong Temple of Kampung China, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, we visited during our Kelantan’s Visit. This Taoist Temple has presents made by a Kelantanese Sultan in form of a drum and from a VIP as seen in the Temple.Currently we can see some restoration works going on in the Temple.

SP Lim

I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter. — Blaise Pascal

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