|| Shun Feng
Er (Shun Fung Yi) meaning "Favourable Wind Ears" and Chien Li Yen
(Chin Lei Ngan) meaning "Thousand League Eyes"
||The ability to
see and hear at great distances, used to help Tian Hou.
||This two are
said to have been the ruthless generals Kao Ming and Kao Chuch,
treacherous brothers in the Shang Dynasty. Having died in a battle
on Peach Blossom Mountain, they remained and haunted the place.
Tian Hou (Matzu) passed through there one day, and the brothers began to
vie for her affection. To get rid of them, Tian Hou gave them this
challenge: she would fight them, and, if they won, marry one of
them. But if she won, they would have to serve her forever.
She won, and they serve her still,
looking and listening for those who need her help.
Er has his hand to his ear, is usually brown or red, and is usually to
the left as one faces Tian Hou. Chien Li Yen is easily recognized
by the hand shielding his eyes from the sun; his face is usually green,
and he is often to the right of the altar. However, placement and
colors may be reversed; it is the hands that are the absolute keys.
||Mainly in Tian
Hou temples, on either side of the offering tables.
||All photos on
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