Kun Iam Statue - Goddess of Mercy @ Macau

Arnold Chan

SYDNEY SOUTH, Australia

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Located on the Outer Harbour, this statue, dedicated to Goddess of Kun Iam (Goddess of Mercy) is 20 meters tall and made of special bronze. The dome shape base like a lotus flower, is an ecumenical centre where information is available on Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

If you frequently seek peace and tranquility, the site of the Kun Iam Statue, Macau is the ideal place for you to visit. The Kun Iam Statue, Macau is an exquisitely carved statue of Kun Iam, the Buddhist Goddess who bestows clemency on people who sincerely repent their sins. The dainty but gigantic Kun Iam Statue, Macau also accentuates the maternal feelings of the Buddhist Goddess who is believed to be the guardian of children whom she fiercely shields with her strong instincts of motherhood.

Besides these two functions, the Mother Goddess depicted through the Kun Iam Statue, Macau is also endowed with other powers such as those of wealth creation. Hundreds of worldly Buddhists genuflect at the foot of the sacred Kun Iam Statue in Macau to pay rich tributes to the divine lady so that she may be appeased and may bequeath them with prosperity and peace. Though the original Buddhist disciples of the ‘Light of Asia’ did not espouse any kind of idol worship, the Buddhists of some of the sects started the cult of worshipping different images of Lord Buddha in erect, prostrate and meditative forms. This they did because the masses found it difficult to address their prayers to someone who was supposed to be intangible, yet ubiquitous. Gradually, the way of worshiping the Lord Buddha through statues and idols gripped the Buddhists of the world who then began to design figures and statuettes of The Buddha and the Goddesses associated with Buddhism in different parts of the globe.

The Kun Iam Statue, Macau was created on the same lines by a Portuguese sculptor named Cristina Rocha Leiria. The site of the Kun Iam Statue, Macau was officially opened to the locals and the tourists by the President of Portugal. The Kun Iam Statue, Macau is housed on a citadel in the precincts of the Ecumenical Centre of Oriental Religions in Macau. The marvelous Kun Iam Statue, Macau comprises almost fifty bronze tiles that were manufactured in China before being assembled into the graceful statue in Macau. The Kun Iam Statue, Macau stand majestically at an altitude of twenty meters and can be seen from distant corners of the Ecumenical Centre.

One of the major Macau tourist attractions, the Kun Iam Statue, Macau enthralls and forgives the visitors who come with genuine entreaties of mercy to it.

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