The BODHISATTVAS are Buddhist semi-gods of kindness and compassion. These rarefied beings are just the merest gnat’s whisker away from BUDDHAhood. They are so Enlightened that they can dive into the final NIRVANA any time they wish.
But before wallowing in all that delicious nothingness for ever, they are kind enough to spare a thought for all the unfortunate humans left behind in miserable existence. Instead, they choose to wait a bit first so they can help others reach the same stage of spiritual advancement.
Therefore the BODHISATTVAS are the most compassionate figures in all creation, putting their spiritual ecstasy on hold for the sake of others.
They feature in many tales and legends and — thanks to their wonderful kindness and magical powers — are venerated like you wouldn’t believe. They are better value than most Christian saints and much better-looking.