‘She’s in our hearts’: Devotees from China and Taiwan come together to celebrate the goddess Mazu

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The Daoist goddess Mazu is revered on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. China supports Mazu worship as a way to strengthen cross-strait, political and economic relations. 

The WorldJanuary 6, 2022 · 12:15 PM EST

Devotees carry a statue of the goddess Mazu in a procession on Meizhou Island, China.

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Inside the Xinggong Temple on Meizhou Island near Putian, Fujian Province, pilgrims bow in front of a statue of the Daoist goddess, Mazu.

They light incense and present fruit and small plates with handcrafted offerings shaped like marine animals.

Li Ahxia, who grew up on Meizhou Island, brings her 8-year-old daughter with her to the temple, where they offer incense and prayers to the goddess Mazu.

“She’s in our hearts. We usually come twice a month to make offerings to Mazu. And she protects us.”

Li Ahxia, Meizhou Island, Mazu devotee

“She’s in our hearts,” Li said. “We usually come twice a month to make offerings to Mazu. And she protects us.”

The scene of quiet reverence stands in stark contrast to the rising political — and military — tensions between China and Taiwan.

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Mazu is revered on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese government, which has been putting military and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan, supports Mazu worship as a way to strengthen cross-strait political and economic relations.

Procession honoring Mazu at Meizhou Island, China.

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Mazu followers come from all over the world on pilgrimage to visit her temple on Meizhou Island — believed to be her birthplace — just off of China’s eastern coast. Taiwan is less than 80 miles away, across the Taiwan Strait.

A complicated history 

Mazu is believed to have been a real person named Lin Mo, who lived in the 10th century and became revered for her divine powers, such as predicting the weather and saving drowning sailors.

According to folklore, she died at 28 while trying to rescue the victims of a shipwreck, and she was elevated to a sea goddess who was known for being compassionate and motherly.

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As China’s maritime economy and overseas trade expanded in the 13th century, devotion to Mazu was encouraged, some scholars say. In the 1800s, the emperor gave her the title, Queen of Heaven.

But during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, Mazu worship was violently repressed, along with other religions.

Mei Yinggu, 65, has lived at Xinggong Temple on Meizhou Island since she was a toddler and is now the managing director.

During the Cultural Revolution, she said, the temple was almost completely destroyed. She said that for several years, she slept in a cowshed nearby to protect the holy site from further destruction.

Mei Yinggu makes offering at Xinggong Temple, Meizhou Island, China.

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In the 1980s and 1990s, folk religion was accepted again, and Mei said she collected donations to rebuild the temple bit by bit. Pilgrimages resumed, and the island began welcoming visitors from other Mazu temples across China and the world, including Taiwan.

An annual fall pilgrimage commemorates the anniversary of Mazu’s ascension to heaven, while another in the spring celebrates her birthday.

And, the Mazu statue from Meizhou Island has been carried throughout Asia to connect with her devotees.

Local officials used interest in Mazu to build up their tourist economy. The small island features a cultural relics park, a theme park, a musical theater performance and souvenir shops, all devoted to promoting the goddess Mazu.

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Despite the pandemic, throngs of people still showed up in October to march in the annual processions around the small island.

‘We always want to [reunite] with Taiwan’

Researcher Zhang Yanchao studies the Mazu faith in China and around the world.

“The government tries to use Mazu worship to connect mainland China people with Taiwanese people, more like a common cultural identity to unite mainland China with Taiwan,” she said. “Because we always want to [reunite] with Taiwan.”

Puppet costumes at Xinggong Temple on Meizhou Island, China.

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The Chinese government sees the island as a renegade province and says “complete reunification” is a top priority.

In the past few months, China has been sending warplanes into Taiwan’s air defense zone on a regular basis.

For its part, Taiwan has asserted itself on the international stage as a self-governed democracy. The island has been separately ruled since 1949 as the result of civil war in China. Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen has asked China’s government to “stop the spread of military adventurism.”

Zhang, the researcher, said that officials in China also see the goddess Mazu as a way to build economic ties.

“They try to attract financial support from Taiwanese and also from other overseas Chinese. So, they kind of promoted this goddess worship.”

Zhang Yanchao, Mazu researcher

“They try to attract financial support from Taiwanese and also from other overseas Chinese. So, they kind of promoted this goddess worship,” she said.

The Chinese government sees another opportunity here, too.

A performer at a procession commemorating the anniversary of the goddess Mazu’s ascension to heaven.

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Rebecca Kanthor/The World

At a Mazu Cultural Forum and Tourist Festival held in China just a few weeks ago, officials announced preferential policies for young Taiwanese entrepreneurs to set up shop in Fujian province.

Local news coverage mentioned new academic and youth exchanges between China and Taiwan.

It also reported that as attendees from both sides held meetings, a statue of the goddess Mazu was there watching over them. 

China lowers diplomatic relations with Lithuania over Taiwan

A few days ago, a representative office of Taiwan was opened in Vilnius. In this regard, China protested to Lithuania, pointing out that the Lithuanian side destroyed relations between the countries at the level of ambassadors

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The Chinese authorities have decided to lower the level of diplomatic relations with Lithuania. This is reported by the Central Television of the People's Republic of China.

According to him, Beijing will downgrade diplomatic relations with Lithuania to the level of chargé d'affaires. This decision was made by the Chinese government against the backdrop of the opening of a representative office of Taiwan in Lithuania. In accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the class of chargé d'affaires is the third rank of heads of diplomatic missions after ambassadors and envoys.

The PRC government believes that the opening of a representative office is a violation of the principle of one China and its territorial integrity, as well as interference in its internal affairs. “ China expresses its sharp discontent and strong protest in this regard and has decided to downgrade China-Lithuania diplomatic relations to the level of chargé d'affaires, '' & mdash; The TV channel quotes a statement from an official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.

The ministry said in a statement that China was forced to lower diplomatic relations with Lithuania, taking into account the fact that the political basis for diplomatic relations between Beijing and Vilnius at the level of ambassadors was destroyed. “ The Lithuanian government must bear the full responsibility arising from this, '' & mdash; emphasized in the Foreign Ministry.

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A representative office of Taiwan opened in the Lithuanian capital on November 18. It will not have diplomatic status, but it will be able to provide consular services. Erik Huang, who heads a similar office in Riga, where he is called the representative office of Taipei, has been appointed as its head. Lithuania expects to open its representative office in Taiwan early next year.

China recalled the ambassador from Lithuania in August, and on September 3, official Vilnius announced the recall of the ambassador from Beijing. In addition, China used economic levers: it suspended freight rail transport to Lithuania, and also reduced the credit limit for Lithuanian enterprises.

Taiwan announced its secession from mainland China in 1949 after the defeat of the Kuomintang forces (the ruling party of the Republic of China since 1928 year) during the civil war with the communists. Beijing considers the island to be part of China. From 1949 to 1971, Taiwan remained the only legitimate force in the UN from China, however, in October 1971, the UN General Assembly Resolution No. 2758 was adopted, according to which the representation of China, including the seat of a permanent member of the UN Security Council, was transferred from the Republic of China. (Chinese Taipei) to the People's Republic of China.

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The US Commerce Department said retail sales, a significant portion of the economy, plunged 16.4% last month, the biggest decline since the government started tracking the figures in 1992. That data followed a historic 20.5 million job losses last month.

Germany’s economy slumped in the first quarter at its steepest rate since 2009 with worse expected by mid-year, but it is weathering fallout from the coronavirus better than other EU states where outbreaks have been more disruptive.

Indian lenders are facing a jump in virus-related defaults on credit card dues and personal and vehicle loans, forcing them to set aside hundreds of millions of dollars and take steps like asking sales staff to track down borrowers who have vanished.

These dramatic movements in the economy are happening all over the globe. Simon Cox is the emerging markets editor for The Economist. He spoke to The World’s Marco Werman from Hong Kong for the worldwide perspective on the economy.

Marco Werman: So, Simon, I guess there’s bad and then there’s really bad. How does this economic meltdown compare to the Great Recession back in 2008 or other downturns?

Simon Cox: It’s far worse. I mean, if you look at the global economy as a whole, it actually takes quite a lot to make it shrink. And back in the global financial crisis, which was this unprecedented depression-like event, it shrank, but only a very small amount. This pandemic, though, is going to produce a convulsion, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Great Depression.

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So, are we talking about the entire world being engulfed by this or are there some areas that are harder hit than others and will continue to be harder hit?

There’s almost nowhere that’s escaped. In Asia, Singapore has been very hard hit. It’s obviously a hub; it depends very much on people feeling free to move about. Thailand’s been very hard hit because of the tourism industry. Then, there are countries like Taiwan, and China itself that are going to come through it with actually less damage than some of their neighbors. Vietnam is another country that’s been damaged, but it’s less so.

Related: Is Vietnam the coronavirus-fighting champ of the world?  

So, what makes a difference between countries that are better positioned to weather the economic storm? You mentioned Vietnam, like what went right there? What did they have that kind of shielded them?

So, it’s a combination of two things. First, it’s a fairly quick response to the pandemic itself. So, good public health response, including surveillance, tracking. Vietnam actually has quite a lot of experience in dealing with flus of various kinds. So, it was set up to sort of deal with this. It has high state capacity, to use the term. And then the second thing is a reasonably robust economic position at the beginning. So, countries that were able to respond to this slowdown with a fair amount of stimulus, perhaps because their fiscal situation wasn’t too stretched beforehand, perhaps their central banks had room to cut interest rates. Those things combined are what you really need to come through this with the minimum damage.

Related: Amsterdam’s coronavirus recovery plan embraces ‘doughnut economics’ for people and the planet

So, the US and China have been sparring, but that’s really been happening since President Donald Trump came into office. Trump has long talked about shifting production away from China. Do you think the pandemic could achieve what Trump so far has not been able to do? And what could the implications be for other countries in China’s orbit and in the kind of US-China orbit?

Yes, we have seen some of that. There is some sense supply chains are going to get shorter. An announcement just this week was that one of the big Taiwan semiconductor factories would set up a plant in the US. Now, that comes with some efficiency costs. It’s obviously more efficient to produce goods wherever they’re cheapest to produce. But I suppose for the populists and the people who are very keen to repatriate manufacturing, they see this, perhaps, as a good side of the pandemic.

Related: What will a post-coronavirus world look like? 

From an economic standpoint, is this year a total write-off, and more focus is just going to be put on 2021? Or is it too soon to even focus on 2021?

It’s a little bit staggered. So, you know, the countries that got hit first are going to recover first. China being the most obvious example. So, for those countries that can hope to see some sort of recovery in the second half of this year. Everyone else is going to have to wait until 2021. And even then, it’s going to be a very qualified recovery. You know, we might get back to where we were in late 2019, but we’re never going to get back to where we would have been if this pandemic had never struck. And it’s important to bear that in mind, I think.

Related: The slow burn of a long-term slowdown

Finally, help us understand — why it seems that is the case, but markets globally are shaken, but not really stirred to the degree that a lot of fearmongers were predicting?

Yeah, no, that’s quite interesting. It’s partly because of the response of central banks. They’ve been very active, I think, commendably so, in trying to ensure financial stability. It’s also because financial markets are very forward-looking, so they’re pricing, not just this year’s earnings, not just next year’s earnings, but the next 20 years’ earnings. And over that kind of timescale, perhaps, the pandemic begins to look like a smaller event. And it’s also that clearly, it’s got a bit carried away. I think there was quite a lot of cash on the sidelines looking for buying opportunities. And the fear of missing out kicks in quite quickly once the sort of fear of losses subsides. And so, I think the rally got a bit ahead of itself. And we’re already seeing this week some pullback.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Reuters contributed reporting. 

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I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ b*tch pus*y fat, a*s fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
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Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ bitch pussy fat, ass fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time)
Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ bitch pussy fat, ass fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time)

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‘Cause I’ve been wanna hit it for a long time
Plug came through right on time with that pack
‘Cause I ain’t no more, I’m bone dry
Been gettin’ money for a long time
I don’t rent, I own mine
Ye ain’t talkin’ ’bout gettin’ money, lil’ nigga
Hell nah, don’t hit my phone line
Molly got a nigga on cloud 9
That purchase came in at the wrong time
Your bitch wanna jump on my dick
Sorry, but you gotta wait, baby girl, it’s a long line
These fuck niggas keep hatin’ on a G
But a nigga can’t eat if he don’t grind
Hitters gon’ take your head off
AKA clothes line
Bankroll, I can’t fold mine
Need a boujee bitch to roll mine
Nigga keep lookin’ at all this ice
But I keep the heat on me like a stove iron
The money gon’ make your girl come show out
Bend her ass over, it’s show time
She ain’t wanna leave but you called her on her phone
Told her, "Bring your ass home," you was right on time, damn

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Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ bitch pussy fat, ass fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time)
Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ bitch pussy fat, ass fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time)

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Bitch lookin’ at me like a gold mine (gold)
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Gimme that coke, I’ma cook mine (coca)
Flew to the plug in Taiwan (ho)
Bad ass bitch on my timeline (bad)
Like three pics, then I pound sign (pound)
Dope came in at the right time (dope)
Cash came in at the right time (cash)
Your bitch came in at the night time (your bitch)
She told me that your bands wasn’t like mine (skrrt)
Hop in the coupe with the butter seats (hey)
It’s no cuffin’ me, she just a slut to me (slut)
Got these grapes in the jet, it’s a luxury (luxury)
Make me mad and I’ll show the other me
Hoppin’ in the Lamb’, fine like a top glisten, white whine (skrrt)
Alexander Wang, Gucci loafer, python (woo woo)
Matte black Maybach, ridin’ Akon (bap)
Hundred round drum hangin’ out of one gun (brrrt)
At the right time, hit the right lick (right lick)
At the right time hit the right bitch (uh)
Bling, bling, blaow, nigga, light switch (bling blaow)
Smokin’ on a bomb, ISIS (boom)

[Chorus: Juicy J]
Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ bitch pussy fat, ass fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time)
Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ bitch pussy fat, ass fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time)