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The Pearl of Light by gpalmer The Pearl of Light by gpalmer
Originally a male bodhisattva called Avalokiteshvara, Guan Yin became the female personification of compassion around the 12th century. In English, she is often called the goddess of mercy.
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MangoMendoza Featured By Owner Edited Dec 31, 2017   Digital Artist
 This is really nice, I love the composition and colours. :)
How'd she switch from male to female? I mean how did that transition happen. 
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gpalmer Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Professional
As far as I know, it was a progression starting with the bodhisattva being depicted with attributes of both genders, and that slowly moved to an exclusively female representation. There are also some people who venerate Guanyin/Avalokitasvara as genderless.
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MangoMendoza Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017   Digital Artist
ooo i see. thank you for explaining!
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