For Vietnamese Buddhists in south Alabama, a goddess of mercy is a powerful figure
BAYOU LA BATRE, Alabama — Down a gravel road, on the grounds of a Vietnamese Buddhist temple, the statue of a female figure rises 30 feet tall. Her name is Bodhisattva Quan Am. A bodhisattva is an enlightened being who helps show ordinary people the path to understanding, says the temple’s monk, Thich Thien Thai.
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