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Matsu is the initial persona of Maki Sonomura in Megami Ibunroku Persona She is called "Maria" in the english localization.

Origin

Matsu is a Chinese goddess that protects fisherman and sailors from dangers of
the sea. As a mortal, Matsu learned how to swim at the age of 15 and quickly
became one of the best swimmers in her village, eventually becoming a guide to
sailors and fishermen by wearing red garments on the shore to attract their
attention back to the village. On the night of a storm, Matsu's brother and
father were out at sea fishing. Their boat broke and they started to drown.
Realizing that they were in danger, Matsu fell into a trance and tried to guide
them back home. As she was doing so, her mother found her and awakened her from
her trance. Though she was successful in helping her father home, her brother
drowned.
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