Origin of Mazu.

The best answer: Mazu evolved from the Wizarding belief in Fujian and Vietnam, China, and absorbed other folk beliefs in the development process (clairvoyant and clairvoyant). With the expansion of influence, Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism were included, and finally they gradually emerged from many sea gods and became an important element of Fujian-Taiwan marine culture and East Asia marine culture.

Mazu evolved from the Wizarding belief in Fujian and Vietnam in China, and absorbed other folk beliefs (clairvoyant and clairvoyant) during its development. With the expansion of influence, Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism were included, and finally they gradually emerged from many sea gods and became an important element of Fujian-Taiwan marine culture and East Asia marine culture.

Since the Northern Song Dynasty, it has been deified, known as Mazu (the local people’s respectful name for female ancestors), and was worshipped by people who built temples. It was once again named Mrs. Linghui by Song Gaozong and became a god recognized by the court. Mazu belief spread from Fujian to Zhejiang, Guangdong, Taiwan Province, Ryukyu, Japan, Southeast Asia (such as Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam) and other places, and Tianhou Palace or Mazu Tempel distributed in Tianjin, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shandong and Liaoning coastal areas.

In recent years, Mazu’s research on the marine history of East Asia has led to the discussion of tributary trade, Ryukyu network and transnational immigration history in East Asia before the discovery of western maritime geography, and Mazu belief circle has become one of the historical witnesses of the formation of marine economic and social structure in East Asia.

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