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The Four Heavenly Kings

The Four Heavenly Kings

Chinese Astrology and Buddhism have always been closely linked together. The Buddhist religion has four gods that protect and guard one of the four main directions: North, South, East and West. These four gods are known as the Four Heavenly Kings. They are not only used in the Chinese Zodiac, but also by different cultures around the world.

Although the Four Heavenly Kings have different names in different countries the meanings of the names are all the same. The King of the North means "He who hears everything", The King of the South is "He who enlarges" or "King of Growth", The King of the East is "He who maintains the status quo" or "The Watcher of the Lands", and the King of the West is "He who see all".

The color of the King of the North is yellow. The color of the King of the South is Blue. The color of the King of the East is White. The color of the King of the West is Red. The symbol of the King of the North si the Umbrella. The symbol of the King of the South is the sword. The symbol of the King of the East is the Pipa. The symbol of the King of the West is the Serpent.

In the India sub-continent, the Four Heavenly Kings are known as Vaisravalla, Virullhaka, Dhlltarallra and Virupaklla. In Chinese, the Four Heavenly Kings are known as Duo Wen Tian, Zeng Chang Tian, chi Guo Tian and Guang Mu Tian. In Korean, the Four Heavenly Kings are known as Damun Cheonwang, Jeungjang Cheonwang, Jiguk Cheonwang and Gwangmok Cheonwang. In Japanese, the Four Heavenly Kings are known as Tamonten or Bishamon-ten, Zochoten, Jikokuten and Komokuten. In Tibebtan, the Four Heavenly Kings are known as Namthose, Phakyepo, Yulkhorsung and Chenmizang.


 
   
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