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The Fluid PantheonGods of Medieval Japan, Volume 1$
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Bernard Faure

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839338

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839338.001.0001

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Fearful Symmetry

Fearful Symmetry

The Twin Kings

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The Fluid Pantheon

Bernard Faure

University of Hawai'i Press

While they have been worshiped separately, the Wisdom Kings Fudō and Aizen have also often been worshiped in tandem, forming a complementary dyad. This dyad has usually been interpreted symbolically in terms of sexual union, but it also had a significant embryological meaning. It also formed, with the Bodhisattva Nyoirin Kannon, a triad associated with the wish-fulfilling jewel (cintamani), with the founder of Shingon Kūkai, and with the sun-goddess Amaterasu.

Keywords:   Esoteric Buddhism, Fudō Myōō, Aizen Myōō, apotropaic ritual, embryology, sexuality, dualism, Kūkai

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