Six of the Twelve Divine Generals (Jūni shinshō)


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Each of the Twelve Divine Generals embodies a vow taken by Yakushi (Bhaisajyaguru in Sanskrit), the Medicine Buddha, to heal ailments of the body and mind. Responsible for protecting the faithful and vanquishing the enemies of Buddhism, they are depicted with ferocious countenances, wearing armor, and standing in fighting poses. In ancient times they became associated with the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac.

Six of the Twelve Divine Generals (Jūni shinshō), Wood with lacquer, color, gold, and inlaid crystal eyes, Japan

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