Symbol of mercy and compassion June 17, 2007Posted by asianpixmen in Culture, Malaysia, Places.
Kuanyin is th embodiment of mercy and compassion. The origins of this goddess who is very much part of Buddhism and Chinese Taoism goes back at least a thousand years.
In Malaysia and other parts of Southeast Asia, where there are Chinese temples, the statue of Kuanyin or Guanyin is almost quintessential. Hence, it is imperative in Chinese culture that even in the midst of the ferocious race to pursue material well being, there is the ever prevalent sense that compassion and mercy do play a major part in the Chinese community.
For it is the stuff that mothers teach their children. And this quality of mercy, as proclaimed by the Bard to be as gentle as the rain, should be passed on from family to family and generation to generation.