Puzza is a Chinese goddess who has some resemblance to the Cybele of the Greeks and the Isis of the Egyptians. The bonzes relate that three genii of the female sex descended once from their heavenly abode to enjoy a bath in an earthly stream. The water hadt scarcely touched their bodies when the most beantiful of them perceived on her garment a lotos-plant, with blossoms and fruit, and could not imagine whence the plant had come. She coulll not resist the desire of tasting the fruit; but this was attended with evil consequences, for behold a little son was born from her at the same moment. She brought him up, and when he had reached the years of maturity she returned to heaven. This nymph was Puzza; and, as her offspring became a mighty ruler of the heavenly empire of China, she was worshipped as the queen of the world, the mother of all that is good, and the supporter of all that is living. Puzza is represented with eighteen arms, sitting on a flower, and her head surrounded with an aureola.

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