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Yamatanka

by Micha F. Lindemans
The Tibetan divine protector of Buddhism. He is the eternal enemy of Yama, the god of death, and his name means "he who ends Yama", but he is also called Yamari ("Yama's enemy") and Vajrabhairava ("terrifying"). He rides or stands on a bull and tramples Yama.

Yamatanka is depicted with sometimes as much as thirty-four arms, sixteen legs and nine heads, of which one is the head of a bull. He is one of the Dharmapalas and his color is blue. His Tibetan name is Tschoitschong.


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