Mazu was the indigendous sea goddess along the south-eastern coastal areas of China and the patron of navigators in Daoism, titles Tian Fei(literally "Heavenly Princess Consort".)Tian Hou (literally "Heavenly Empress") or Tianshang Shengmu (literally "Heavenly Holy Mother) in the past. Her worship is associated with ancient navifation and the Maritime Silk Road and gets widespresad. According to some historical books and inscriptions, Zheng He frequently sacrificed for Tian Fei when making the voyage to the western oceans. Emperor Chengzu of the Ming Dynasty also set up the Mazu Temple in Nanjing for praying for sucessful navigating.