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Say What? Chinese Deities Travel Business Class For A Festival In Malaysia!

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| July 6 , 2017 , 13:05 IST

A few photos from a Malaysian flight is going viral over the internet because apparently, it has three Chinese deities being taken from China to Malaysia in a business class seat of the airplane. 

But what was the reason behind it? Well, the divine passengers are recognised as Chinese sea goddess Mazu widely worshipped in China and countries with large Taoist and Chinese Buddhist communities such as Malaysia, Vietnam, and Taiwan. She is the patroness of the sea and protects fishermen and sailors.

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The other two gods include Qianliyan and Shunfeng'er, heavenly guardians of the goddess.

The three deities were being brought to Kaula Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia for an inaugural cultural exchange tour which aims at paying a sincere tribute to sea goddess and celebrate in her respect. 

The festival is being organised by Meizhou Mazu Ancestor Temple in China.

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The photos of these deities inside the flight have been circulating everywhere and people are assuming and questioning the grand treatment being given to these passengers. 

Temple staff told BBC News that the religious statues were escorted by "a delegation of more than 130 people" and brought onto a Xiamen Airlines flight heading to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. 

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Very special care was taken as far as the comfort for the deities is concerned. Everything including a sudden turbulence or emergency situation was kept in mind while making the deities sit in the flight.

'This is basic respect we have for the culture of Goddess Mazu," said a spokesperson who received the deities in Malaysia. "They were also more than 6ft high, so they had to fly business class.'

'This is the body of our divine goddess, a symbol of Chinese folk culture', a representative told BBC News, adding that processions were held to celebrate the statues' safe arrivals. 

The divine goddess and the two deities accompanying her will next travel to Singapore before going back to China.