妈祖的父亲也是一个大官， 母亲姓王，妈祖是这个家庭中最小的女儿， 她有一个大哥和五个姐姐。
妈祖出生以前，她的父母天天烧香拜佛， 希望生一个儿子。在她出生的那天晚上， 邻居们看见一道红光从西北天空射来， 妈祖家好像着了火一样，大家都很惊奇。虽然又是一个女孩，但是父母觉得这个孩子一定不是普通的孩子， 所以非常疼爱她。 孩子从出生到满月都没哭过， 于是给她取名叫“林默”。
林默小时候非常聪明，七八岁时就能预报天气， 知道什么时候海上会有风浪， 不能出海。长大后决心要一辈子做慈善， 永远不结婚。 她 性格温和， 热心助人，又会治病，人们遇到困难， 都愿意跟她商量， 请她帮助。生长在大海边的林默，熟知水性， 附近有渔船，商船出了事，常常来找林默去救人。人们称她“龙女”。
林默升天以后，她经常救护百姓，保佑出海的渔民。 传说常见林默变成一只红色的鸟，救助遇难呼救的人。 出海的人走到哪里， 就在哪里盖一座庙， 这就是妈祖庙。
Mazu is the Chinese goddess of ocean. The legend goes that she originally comes from the Lin Family in Putian, Guangdong province.
The ancestors of the Lin family moved from the North of China to the South in Year 307 AD. Their descendants have served at the court generations after generations. Lin becomes the top number one family name in Fujian and Taiwan.
Mazu’s father is also a high official, and her mother’s family name is Wang. Mazu is the youngest daughter in her family. She has a big brother and five elder sisters.
Before Mazu is born, her parents worship the gods every day, wishing that they will have one more son. At the night she is born, the neighbors saw a ray of red light shot from the northwest sky, and her hoe looks like on fire. All the people are awed at the sight. Although Mazu turns out to be a baby girl, her parents have a feeling that she cannot be a normal child. So they adore her very much. The baby has never cried in the first month since she is born, and so she is named “mo”(silent).
Lin Mo is very smart when she is little. She can forecast the weather when she is seven, eight years old. She knows when there will be big windwaves at the sea, and therefore not suitable to sail out to the ocean. After she grows up, she makes up her mind that she will be engaged in philanthropy all her life, and will never be married.
Lin Mo’s personality is gentle, and she is very warm-hearted. Besides, she knows medicine, too. When people have difficulties, they would go for her, and ask for her opinions and assistance. Brought up by the side of the sea, Lin Mo is also very good at swimming. Whenever some fishing ships or cargo ships have accidents in the nearby areas, they will often come to get Lin Mo to save their lives. She is called “ the dragon girl”.
The year when Lin Mo is sixteen, one day her father and big brother go out fishing at the sea. The weather suddenly changes. Lin Mo has the feeling that her father and brother’s lives are at danger this time, and she is so worried that she bursts into tears. Soon, the storm quiets down a little bit, and Lin Mo rows a little boat out to the sea to look for her father and brother. She saves her father’s life, but cannot find her brother’s dead body. Therefore, after sending her father back to home, she herself goes out to the sea again, and finally find her brother’s dead body in the massive ocean.
On the ninth day of the ninth month of Year 987 AD, Lin Mo bids farewell to her family, and climbs to the top of the mountain alone. Music seems to be heard, and a colorful cloud can be seen floating near to pick up Lin Mo to the heaven.
After Lin Mo ascends to the heaven, she often comes to the help of the people in difficulty, and blesses the fishermen out at the sea. It is said that Lin Mo is often seen to change into a red bird to help the people who call for help in danger. Wherever the people traveling by sea arrive, they will build a temple for her. These are the Temples of Mazu.Comments
Mazu literally means "female ancester".