Bishamonten

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Bishamonten (毘沙門天), also called Bishamon, is one of the Japanese Seven Gods of Fortune, according to Shinto beliefs. He is the God of warfare or warriors. He is usually clad in armor and holding a spear in one hand and a Pagodain the other.He is the punisher of evil doers.

Bishamon is also one of the Four Guardian Gods. He is the protector of one of the four cardinal points - the North. In Hinduism this god is known as Kubera or Vaisravana.

The small Pagoda he carries symbolizes the divine treasure house. He both guards and gives away its contents. He is also called Tamonten (多聞天), which means listen to many teachings because he is the guardian of the places where Buddha preaches. He is said to live half way down the side of Mount Sumeru.

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