UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritages in China (Ⅳ) (4)

(People's Daily Online) 15:23, May 30, 2023

Mazu belief and customs

The item, "Mazu belief and customs" was inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

As the most influential goddess of the sea in China, Mazu is at the centre of a host of beliefs and customs, including oral traditions, religious ceremonies and folk practices, throughout the country's coastal areas.

Mazu is believed to have lived in the tenth century on Meizhou Island, where she dedicated herself to helping her fellow townspeople, and died attempting to rescue the survivors of a shipwreck.

Local residents built a temple in her honour and began to venerate her as a goddess. She is celebrated twice each year in formal temple fairs, when Meizhou residents, farmers and fisherfolk temporarily suspend their work to sacrifice marine animals, venerate statues of Mazu and enjoy a variety of dances and other performances. 


(Web editor: Zhong Wenxing, Liang Jun)


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