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Palanquin bearers carefully maneuver Mazu into a temple.

Reflecting one way in which Mazu reinforced cultural identity while Fujianese were in foreign lands, Mazu scholar Lin Qitang says, “Businessmen from Fujian built Mazu temples wherever they went. Mazu temples were seen as offices where Fujian businessmen congregated. They also stored goods, traded and consulted each other there. So Mazu became a cohesive force.”
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Palanquin bearers carefully maneuver Mazu into a temple. <br />
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Reflecting one way in which Mazu reinforced cultural identity while Fujianese were in foreign lands, Mazu scholar Lin Qitang says, “Businessmen from Fujian built Mazu temples wherever they went. Mazu temples were seen as offices where Fujian businessmen congregated. They also stored goods, traded and consulted each other there. So Mazu became a cohesive force.”