A recent flight from China to Malaysia had a few exceptionally stoic passengers on board: Chinese sea goddess Mazu (Matsu) and her two deity-guardians, Qian Li Yan and Shun Feng Er.
The three Chinese deities, in charge of protecting fishermen and sailors, were seated in business class on a Xiamen Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur for their journey to the city’s Thean Hou Temple as part of the China-Malaysia Mazu Cultural Exchange program, according to The Straits Times.
Over the weekend, images of the gods aboard the plane were posted to Facebook and WeChat. Apparently, one of the transport organizers had reserved three business class seats for the statues, at a cost of at least 2000 RMB each. According to the BBC, they were provided with their own “passports” and accompanied by a sizeable delegation of followers.
Despite the limited legroom and odd glances from fellow travelers, the deities appeared to have a pleasant flight experience. Meanwhile, passengers presumably felt exceedingly safe and protected during their trip — just as if someone had thrown some lucky coins into the plane’s engine.
By Emma Abrams
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