Guan Yin

The Tao of Kemet


I love Guan Yin.

Guan Yin is a goddess of mercy and compassion who is mainly associated with Buddhism, but her following is so widespread that many Taoists also worship her.

Maybe it’s because I have such a difficult time reigning in my own anger, but I love her.

Being a goddess she has many origin stories, and my favorite involves her as the princess Miaoshan; who ends up being executed after repeatedly disobeying the selfish wishes of her father, the king.

During her execution the executioner repeatedly fails to kill her. Because she is so good, his weapons keep shattering upon impact with her body. Eventually he attempts to strangle her, and she feels so badly about what will happen to him if he fails his duty that she allows him to kill her. A spectral tiger then appears to take her to Hell, but upon her arrival Hell…

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