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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 3, Kuan Yin Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 3, Kuan Yin Summary and Analysis

Kuan Yin is a Goddess still revered today in modern China. Some of the tales reflect a Buddhist influence. It is possible that she is an updated version of Nu Kwa with superimposed Buddhist beliefs. Kuan Yin is said to have reached ultimate enlightenment. She returns to the earth to protect and heal.

There is a tale of her return, when she lived as the youngest of three sisters. She does not wish to marry, like her sisters, and asks to go to temple. Her angry father arranges for the temple women to treat her cruelly and burden her with many strenuous tasks. Kuan Yin calls upon the help of animal friends. Kuan Yin's father, angered by her ability to complete all her given tasks, burns the temple down. Kuan Yin smothers the fire with her hands...

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