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On Saturday, July 1 , statues of three deities were flown on business class from Xiamen, China to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Malaysia.
Photos of the 1.8m statue of the Chinese sea goddess Mazu on the seats in the business class section of the Xiamen Airlines flight, were posted on the Selangor and Federal Territory Hainan Association’s Facebook page. The post is currently shared more than 3,000 times and has more than 170 comments.
The Chinese sea goddess Mazu is the deification of a young woman named Lin Mo Niang (see airplane ticket below) who had performed numerous miracles during her short life, around 960 A.D. – 987 A.D.
Goddess Mazu also known as Tian Hou (Empress of Heaven), is widely believed to protect fishermen and sailors.
It is believed that, when you are facing great difficulty, you can call her by the name “Mazu” and she will immediately come to your rescue.
There are over 1,500 active temples and 100 million devotees of Goddess Mazu, in the world, mostly in Hainan, Southern China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia.
The other two statues are Qian Li Yan (eyes that see thousand miles) and Shun Feng Er (ears that hear from far). They are Goddess Mazu’s faithful assistants.
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Each of the statues for the business class seat has a ticket, worth RM 2,2091 (USD 487) with their names on it. The ticket with the name LIN/MO is for Lin Mo Niang (Goddess Mazu).
The three deities were brought to Malaysia under the China-Malaysia Mazu Cultural Exchange program. They arrived at the Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur on July 1, with thousands of devotees giving a warm welcome.
The beautiful Thean Hou Temple is one of the tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur. It was built by the Chinese Hainanese community living in Malaysia and the property belongs to and is run by the Selangor & Federal Territory Hainan Association. It was completed in 1987 and officially opened in 1989.
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On Sunday, the annual event dedicated to Goddess Mazu begun with a parade at the temple, and then went along a 5,3km route and then back to the temple.
The next day, the statues which were on Southeast Asia cultural exchange tour, travel to Melaka and then to Singapore, before returning to China.