The time was 16th century, Ming Dynasty in ancient China, as well as the ending decades of the Great Exploration Age of the West.
Guangdong, South China. On the west side of the estuary of the Pearl River Delta, west of Hong Kong, south of of Zhuhai, east of Wanchai, there is a small place - a peninsular. Trace of human activities were found in this place since Neolithic Era, but only few entries were found.
The story start here, now.
It was said that the surrounding water were rich but clam. It was famous for its oyster harvesting activities, and in bright days, the sea was as calm as a mirror. People of China like to name their place according to the physical character and puns, and give the name「濠鏡澳」(Ho-Kiang-O, literally 'oyster-mirror-bay') to this place. The place laid between two hills, and it looks like a door, or a gate. Therefore here comes a slightly more common name, 「澳門」(O-Mun literally 'bay-gate').
The local people lived on fishing and simple farming. To pray for good weather they built the temple for and worshiped Goddess Mazu - a goddess of sea according to Taoist legend. This temple was named as 媽閣廟 (Ma-Kok-Mui)or A-Ma Temple, 'mother's corner' by meaning, and was built in the late 15 century. In addition, people had fromed a small market at the seashore in front of the temple, selling daily goods and catches.
「澳門」has an western name, 'Macau'. The name Macau may have come from the temple itself. When European (The Portuguese) first came from Europe through the Cape of Hope of Africa and the Indian Ocean, they asked for there location onshore. Due the language barrier with the local the got the name 'Ma-Kok', and later it was written as 'Macau'. Another legend said the Portuguese had combined the word 'A-Ma' and 'Cau' (which means 'port' in Portuguese) to from the name 'Amacau', meaning mother's port, and later had transformed into the name 'Macau'.
Finally the first chapter of a brand new CJ. To be honest I have always wanted to make a journal about the city where I was born and living, but the amount of works have to be done was…great. I used around 2 weeks of my own free time on this 2 pics (mostly making of the scene, you see), so don't expect rapid update.
Everything I made in the pictures HAS difference to the actual event or physical appearance. They are mostly my imagination and understanding of the history of Macau, from old drawings and records.
This is also a challenge for me in scenes making. Most major elements were made by myself from 3D digital models, Lot-editing is also not-so-familiar to me, too. I hope to keep the quality satisfactory and maintain the pace, to tell the story of my hometown from 16th century to 21st century modern time.
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