- a female Chinese Bodhisattva of compassion, regarded as the protector of women and children and patron of sailorsJapanese name: Kannon
from Chinese: one who hears the sounds of the world
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Kuan-yin is a female form of Avalokita who can assume all shapes.
The Sûtra of Kuan-yin with the thousand hands and eyes is very popular and used in most temples.
Quan-Am (Kuan-Yin) is a popular deity and the name seems to be given to several goddesses.
Kuan-yin was also identified with an ancient Chinese heroine called Miao-shên.