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Notes on the Geography of China: Macao: Photo 12

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The ornament was probably created by Japanese craftsmen, expelled from Japan because they were Christians. They remain anonymous but are probably responsible for some of the more unconventional ornament on the facade. To the right of the Virgin, for example, there is a chalice-shaped cedar tree, a symbol of immortality. Below it is a palm tree. To the right of the cedar is a seven-headed dragon over which a small image of the Virgin stands, as suggested in Genesis. The Chinese characters read: "The holy mother tramples on the dragon's head." Farther right is a skeleton with Chinese characters that read, "Remember death and do not sin."

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