Mary and
Kuan Yin

"The saintly Blessed Virgin Mary and the eternally compassionate Kwan Yin are the most popular manifestations of the divine female for those who worship within traditional religions. "
--The Once and Future Goddess



" 'She who hears the weeping world,' is the Chinese Buddhist Bodhisatva of Compassion. She lives on her island paradise of P'u T'o Shan where she is said to grant every prayer she hears. She is so powerful that even the mention of her name will ease suffering and hardship. Choosing to remain in this world after having attained enlightenment, Kuan Yin has vowed to retain human form until all beings attain enlightenment."

--The Goddess Oracle
By Amy Sophia Marashinsky

Kuan Yin is known as: the Mother of Ten Million Buddhas, the Great Mother of China, the Buddhist Madonna, the Lady Who Brings Children, and the Divine Mother. She is often portrayed in flowing blue, white, and/or gold robes, often holding a child. Jade is sacred to her.


Similarities between Mary and Kuan Yin:

Both have vowed to come to the aid of all who call upon them for help.

Both are the protectors of children, of mothers and childbirth, of sailors and the sea.

Both are the givers of mercy,
of comfort during hardship and sorrows,
and of mediation between the helpless and powerful forces.

Both offer salvation to their followers.
(Kuan Yin offers salvation by leading the way to enlightenment for those who still suffer; Mary is Co-Redemptrix in eternal salvation.)

Both are worshiped with a proliferation of shrines and statues, with elaborate litanies, prayers, and festivals, and with pilgrimages.

The devotees of both Mary and Kuan Yin report numerous miracles and apparitions.

Both symbolize the surviving Face of The Goddess for those in traditional religions, East and West.


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