SHE IS USUALLY DEPICTED AS A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN WITH LONG FINGERNAILS WHO WEARS AN APRON OR A SHAWL OF LEAVES. SHE CARRIES A BAMBOO STAFF WITH BASKET OF "PEACHES" HANGING FROM IT. SHE IS OFTEN IN HER ARMS OR A POLE FROM WHICH PEACHES HANG AND IS USUALLY ACCOMPANIED BY A FAWN. THERE ARE SEVERAL VERSIONS OF THE LEGEND OF "MA GU". "
According to one tale, She was a kind-hearted woman from "Shandong "province and lived during the reign of the "Emperor Huan." She was responsible for the reclaiming of flooded coastal area and converting it into a mulberry orchard..It is said that "Magu "had witnessed the ocean turn to a mulberry field three times, thus symbolizing her great age and confirming her title of goddess of Longevity.
A SECOND TALE TELLS OF A YOUNG GIRL WHOSE FATHER WAS SO MEAN THAT HE MADE HER WORK FROM MORNING TIL NIGHT. EVENTUALLY, SHE COULD TAKE NO MORE, LEFT HOME, AND MADE HER WAY TO THE MOUNTAINS. HER FATHER REALIZED THE ERROR OF HIS WAYS AND CRIED OVER HER LOSS SO BITTERLY THAT HE BECAME BLIND. SHE RETURNED HOME AND CURED HIM WITH A SPECIAL WINE, BUT DID NOT STAY. INSTEAD, SHE TRANSFORMED HERSELF INTO A BIRD AND FLEW TO THE HEAVENS.
"THERE WAS A GODDESS NAMED MA GU. SHE WAS VERY YOUTHFUL AND PRETTY SHE LOOKED LIKE AN 18 YEAR OLD GIRL" But in fact, she had lived for thousands of years.
Because Ma Gu has such longevity,
if one can drink from her
he will also be youthful, beautiful, healthy and alive forever.
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