Lady Po Nagar

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Lady Po Nagar/Yan Po Nagar, or Leiou Ye[citation needed], was the founder of the Cham people according to legends. She originated from a peasant family in the mountains of Khánh Hòa Province. Spirits assisted her when she sailed on a drift piece of sandalwood to China, where she married a Chinese crown prince, the son of the Emperor of China, with whom she had two children, and then became Queen of Champa.[1]

When Lady Po Nagar wanted to return to Champa to visit her family, the Prince refused to let her go, but she flung the sandalwood into the ocean, disappeared with her children and reappeared at Nha Trang to her family. When the Chinese prince tried to follow her back to Nha Trang, she was furious, and turned him and his fleet into stone.[2][3][4]

The Viet people, after having conquered the Cham empire, adopted the goddess Yan Po Nagar, calling her Thiên Y A Na. Several temples are dedicated to her, with Po Nagar in Nha Trang being one of the best known.

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  1. ^ Oscar Chapuis (1995). A history of Vietnam: from Hong Bang to Tu Duc. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 39. ISBN 0-313-29622-7. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  2. ^ J. Hackin, Paul Louis Couchoud (2005). Asiatic Mythology 1932. Kessinger Publishing. p. 225. ISBN 1-4179-7695-0. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  3. ^ J. Hackin, Paul Louis Couchoud (2005). Asiatic Mythology 1932. Kessinger Publishing. p. 226. ISBN 1-4179-7695-0. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  4. ^ Schultz, George F. "The sandalwood maiden". Retrieved 2010-06-28.
Preceded by
Position created
Legendary Queen of Champa Succeeded by
Houen Houei