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Who is Guanyin(观音)?

According to the Buddhist classics, Guanyin was the first son of the Holy King in charge of reincarnation. He has many followers and is considered the most well-known Bodhisattva in China. Guanyin has 33 various names and images , including an image with 1.000 hands , an image with 11 faces and an image with 48 arms.

Guanyin is extremely popular among the Chinese women . Since the Tang Dynasty , Guanyin became a female Bodhisattva, the only female figure among numerous manifestations of Buddha. This is unique in Chinese Buddhism and reflects Chinese characteristics.