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  Kuan Yin

 

Thailand

Kuan Yin, the Chinese goddess of mercy. As the female form of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara she also wears the image of Amitabha in her headdress (fig.). The boy on her side is Shan Cai, a disabled boy who was given a new, healthy and handsome body, by jumping of a cliff after the goddess, leaving his disabled body in the ravine. Here, he is depicted walking on waves across the sea, where −as described in the tale of the Precious Scrolls− he went to see Kuan Yin when she appeared in the middle of the ocean.

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