Thursday, 18 March 2010

Quan Yin

Commonly known as the Goddess of Mercy in English, Quan Yin possibly originated as a Taoist deity, but after Buddhism was introduced to China, Quan Yin was neatly amalgamated into Buddhist lore, making it difficult for scholars to ascertain her true origin.

I have very fond memories from when I lived in Malaysia as a child, eating at a Buddhist vegetarian restaurant - my favourite dish being "Goddess of Mercy Tofu" - I've been a fan of Quan Yin from a very young age!