In a country where women are trained from birth to see themselves as lesser beings, there is at least one day of the year where they are allowed to celebrate womanhood. International Women’s Day. One way to spend this day in China is to travel to a local temple devoted to Guanyin, the goddess of mercy and to pray for womanly things, such as having the good fortune to give birth to a son…
I had a wonderful opportunity to participate in a little pilgrimage to my local Guanyin Temple, and while neither religious nor a woman with acceptable female ambitions, I did indeed engage in some of the temple rituals. I ended up ‘praying’ for female equality and safety, and appreciating and being thankful for being a woman and being included in this special slice of female Chinese life.
Below are some of my companions drinking from a spring said to offer eternal health and life.
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