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.
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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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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