Ma Zu is a Chinese Goddess of the Sea. She is the deified form of the legendary Lin Mo, a Fujianese shamaness who supposedly lived from 960 to 987(Northern Song dynasty). Revered after her death as a tutelary deity of seafarers, including fishermen and sailors, her worship spread throughout China's coastal regions and overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia and other lands overseas. She was thought to roam the seas, protecting her believers through miraculous interventions.
Her birthday is celebrated on the twenty third day of the third lunar month.