Goddess Symbols:


:: Goddess Mazu ::
Her Symbols
and Sacred Objects

Goddess symbols, individualized for each goddess, were incorporated into the worship of the ancient goddesses, were often worn as jewelry, and also used in the household decor as talismans to seek the goddesses special gifts, blessings, or protection.  A large number of goddess symbols have survived in statuary and other works of art.

Many of the goddess symbols come from the legends surrounding a specific goddess and were "characters" in her story. Other goddess symbols  were derived from the rituals used  in the ancient rites of worship of these pagan goddesses.

Mazu (Mat-Su) is often represented by symbols associated with the sky and sea.  It is not surprizing that many of our icons representing courage and compassion are derived from the ancient goddess symbols of Mazu


goddess symbols Mazu


Goddess Symbols of Mazu


Dragon, turbulent sea, clouds, sky, rainbow, raised fist, sea serpent, mountain tops, sailing ships, the numbers 9 and 36,  mala (head-dress with a beaded veil), stone stairways (ladder to heaven), martial arts, swords and other ancient weapons, spirit flags.



Dragon (celestial), tiger, serpent, pigs, deer.



Peach tree, willow, bamboo, lotus, peony, and medicinal herbs



Ylang-ylang, dragon's blood, myrrh, peony, incense, myrrh


Gems and Metals:  
Pearls, bronze, pale green jade, Shoushan stone (alabaster)

Orange, black,  red,  and blue


Be sure to read the stories and see the  goddess symbols that follow them.

Goddess Quiz: Mazu

Goddess Quiz: Mazu

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