The A Ma Temple is a site of historical and cultural significance as the name of the nation “Macau” is derived from the name of the temple. When Portuguese sailors arrived in the coast of Macau they had asked the natives what the name of the land was. The natives had assumed they had asked for the name of the temple and replied “Me Ge” which the Portuguese understood as Macau. The A Ma Temple is located in the southeast of the Macau peninsula and was built in 1488. The Mind dynasty was in power at the time and they built the shrine for sea goddess who would bless all those who went to sea. The sea goddess was known as Lin Mo during her life and later the sacred goddess Mazu. While she was alive she is believed to have helped merchants and fisherman who went out to sea. She would ward off all evil and ensure that they arrived back home safely.
Apart from the folklore that speaks of the A Ma Temple there are some amazing architectural elements in this location. The gateway to the temple is guarded by stone lions; one will find them in each of the six parts that make up the site. From one of the gateways you will reach the Hongren Hall, to get there visitors will have to go through a winding path. Here you will find the statue of Mazu where you can take a walk across a long hallway. Further up you will encounter the Hall of Avalokitesvara built by bricks and stone.
The Zhengjiao Chanlin is by far the most impressive hall, the architectural style and designs are really stunning. Within the temple you will notice the significant influence of Chinese culture in the many aspects of the site. The stone wall that has poems and inscriptions carved on it is also a sight to see.
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