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The Buddhist deity Achala Vidyaraja (Fudo Myoo), 1000-1100

The Buddhist deity Achala Vidyaraja (Fudo Myoo)

The Buddhist deity Achala Vidyaraja (Fudo Myoo), Heian period (794-1185), 1000-1100. Japan. Colors on wood. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60S146+.

Fudo (the Immovable One) is one of the powerful deities known as the Five Bright Kings in Japanese Buddhism and folk religion. As a manifestation of the central cosmic Buddha Mahavairochana (Japanese: Dainichi), Fudo is believed to protect Buddhism and its true adherents. Like all Bright Kings, Fudo assumes a frightening form, with a sword in his right hand and a rope in his left. He sits in front of a swiring flame of fire, with which he purifies evil. The left section of the flame is a modern replacement.

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