Quan Yin Statue

Handcrafted in Nepal by a Tibetan artisan from high-grade heavy resin, this little statue of Quan Yin, goddess of mercy and compassion, is both beautiful and graceful.

Measurements: height 13 cm

One of the deities most frequently seen on altars in China's temples, Quan Yin is the counterpart of Tara in Tibetan Buddhism. She is known as "great mercy, great pity; salvation from misery, salvation from woe; self-existent; thousand arms and thousand eyes" She is also referred to as the Goddess of the Southern Sea and has been compared to the Virgin Mary. In her male form (Avalokiteshvara) she is one of the San Ta Shih, the Three Great Beings, renowned for their power over the animal kingdom and the forces of nature (the other two are Manjusri and Samantabhadra).

Quan Yin is a shortened form of the name One Who Sees and Hears the Cry from the Human World. Her Chinese title signifies, "She who always observes or pays attention to sounds," i.e., she who hears prayers. She is the goddess of fecundity as well as of mercy. Worshipped especially by women, this Quan Yin comforts the sick, the troubled, the lost and the unfortunate. She is regarded as the protector of seafarers, farmers and travellers. She cares for souls in the underworld, and is invoked during post-burial rituals to free the soul of the deceased from purgatory.

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