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Earthly Powers: Bishamonten, Daikokuten, Enmaten

Bernard Faure

in Protectors and Predators: Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 2

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839314
eISBN:
9780824870508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839314.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter focuses on three devas—Bishamonten, Daikokuten, and Enmaten—that transformed Japanese Buddhism, emphasizing their demonic origins and ambiguous nature. For all their differences, these ... More


From Dragon to Snake: Uga Benzaiten

Bernard Faure

in Protectors and Predators: Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 2

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839314
eISBN:
9780824870508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839314.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The goddess of sound and music Benzaiten came to form a symbiotic relationship with Ugajin, a hybrid god represented with the body of a snake and the head of an old man. The composite deity they ... More


The Three Devas

Bernard Faure

in Protectors and Predators: Gods of Medieval Japan, Volume 2

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839314
eISBN:
9780824870508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839314.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The three Indian deities known as Vinayaka, Dakini, and Sarasvatī became known in Japan as Shōten, Dakiniten, and Benzaiten. In the medieval period, they formed a triad and eventually merged into a ... More


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