Dharmatala

Dharmatala is the servant, supporter, and messenger of the sixteen Arhats. Together with Hvashang, he is a Tibetan addition to the original sixteen Arhats. In Tibet, Dharmatala is counted as the seventeenth although he is a layperson, not a monk like other Arhats. He is a devotee of the Amitabha Buddha.

ORIGIN:

Tibet

CLASSIFICATION:

Arhat

ATTRIBUTE:

Backpack filled with books

Sacred animal:

Dharmatala’s companion is a magical tiger created to banish malicious spirits. The tiger also carries Dharmatala’s books for him.

SEE ALSO:

  • Arhats
  • Buddha
  • Buddha Amitabha
  • 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.

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