观音 (Guān Yīn) is the goddess of compassion, a divine being that transcends Buddhism, Daoism, Chinese folk religion, and gender itself.
Perhaps the most recognizable goddess in China, Guān Yīn has a place in most major temples regardless of denomination.
Guān Yīn’s name loosely means “the one who hears the troubles of the world” because she is said to have sworn not to rest until every creature in the world has been liberated from suffering. She is usually female, but sometimes male – a technicality like that doesn’t matter for a god.
She is so good that when one of her incarnations died, the Lord of the Underworld panicked and had to send her back to Earth because she exuded so much good karma that his dark realm was being flooded with light and happiness and flowers!
She is often depicted holding a child, which has led some Christians to compare her to Madonna.
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Breathe. You'll be okay. Baidu Baike