慈航真人Ci Hang Da Shi (慈航大使), Yuan Tong Zi Zai Tian Zun (圆通自在天尊), Guan Yin (观音)
The statue is made of precious timber called gold phoebe nanmu (金丝楠木)
慈航真人Ci Hang Zhen Ren
Deity Ci Hang Zhen Ren is manifested as a male in the front and a female at the back. This deity will come to rescue in an image that is most appropriate to the victim. According to an old literature, Ci Hang Zhen Ren used to stay in a cave called Chao Yin (潮音洞) in Pu Tuo (普陀) to practise Taoism during the Shang Dynasty (商代). After attaining certain remarkable spiritual achievements, she used medicine and dew to save people’s lives. Emperor of the time was Zhou (纣), an extremely ruthless ruler, who wanted Ci Hang’s mother’s eye and hand to please his wife Dan Ji (妲己). Ci Hang volunteered to sacrifice her own eye and hand, and her behaviour touched the Heaven. Nu Wa (女娲), a high deity in Taoism, awarded Ci Hang with a thousand eyes and a thousand hands; and introduced her to Yuan Shi Tian Zun (元始天尊), the immortal master. Legend has it that Yuan Shi Tian Zun passed a secret book to Ci Hang known as Dao De Xin Jing (道德心经); and made her stay in Pu Tuo Mountain (普陀山) to practice Tao. She finally achieved immortality and became a deity of a thousand hands. Ci Hang’s birthday is on February 19th of the Chinese calendar.