Dainichi

Dainichi
Dainichi

Spreader of Light in All Directions; The Great Illuminator

Also known as:

Dai Nichi

Classification:

Buddha

Dainichi is the Japanese name and manifestation of Mahavairocana, the Great Sun Buddha, Lord of the Cosmos, venerated in the Shingon esoteric Buddhist tradition.

Favored people:

Dainichi is guardian of those born in the years of the monkey and sheep.

Iconography:

Dainichi, his hair in a top-knot, is enthroned on a lotus. He wears the crown and jewelry of royalty. One hand forms gestures of blessing (mudra).

In March 2008, a twelfth-century wooden statue of Dainichi was auctioned for $14,377,000 by Christie’s New York auction house, setting a record for Japanese art.

Attribute:

A medicine jar

Planet:

Sun

Direction:

Southwest

See Also:

  • Buddha

Source:

Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses– Written by :Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.