Goddess of Mercy -7
Goddess of Mercy, also known as Kuan Yin (Chinese) can be seen
almost anywhere in the world where the Chinese live. She is the
embodiment of compassionate loving kindness - the "Regarder
of the Cries of the World." In times of sickness and trouble,
she is the first to be pleaded with. She is child-bearer, creator,
carer, friend and mediator. She is the great goddess of life itself.
According to legend, Kuan Yin was about to enter heaven but paused
on the threshold as the cries of the world reached her ears.
Yin's presence is widespread through her image as the "bestower
of children" found in homes and temples. A great white veil
covers her entire form and she may be seated on a lotus. She is
often portrayed with a child in her arms, near her feet or on
her knees, or with several children around her. In this role she
is also referred to as the "white-robed honored one."
Sometimes to her right and left are her two attendants, Shan-ts'ai
Tung-tsi, the "young man of excellent capabilities,"
and Lung-wang Nu, the "daughter of the Dragon-king."