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Magang Mazu Temple Courtyard Sky - Nangan, Matsu Islands, Taiwan - Daily Travel Photos
(Nangan, Matsu Islands, Taiwan)
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Mazu temple in Magang village of the Matsu islands, Taiwan.

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Mazu is the Chinese goddess of the sea, often worshiped around coastal areas, particularly in Taiwan. Local legend says Mazu's body washed up here on the shores of Nangan island after she sacrificed her life to save her own father at sea. The temple above was dedicated to her as a result and a yearly festival centered around the temple honors Matsu's namesake.

Magang Mazu Temple Incense Urn Courtyard Ocean - Nangan, Matsu Islands, Taiwan - Daily Travel Photos
(Nangan, Matsu Islands, Taiwan)
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An incense urn in the courtyard of the Mazu temple in Magang village in Nangan, Matsu islands.

The temple was built in the supposed spot where the goddess Mazu washed ashore.

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