This chapter focuses on the Shaolin legend of Vajrapâÿi, the staff wielder. During the Ming period, Shaolin monks had changed the image of the tutelary deity by arming him with a staff. Visual representations of Vajrapâÿi, also known as Nârâyaÿa, show that throughout the twelfth century Shaolin monks had envisioned him holding the Vajra. According to the legend, Vajrapâÿi was incarnated at Shaolin as a lowly scullion. When the monastery was attacked by bandits, he emerged from the kitchen and, wielding a divine staff, repelled the aggressors. This legend has several versions: Cheng Zongyou's Shaolin Staff Method, Fu Mei's Song Mountain Book, and two seventeenth-century gazetteers.
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