Buddhist Mythology

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Japanese Underworld God

Also known as Emma-Ō

King of Buddhist Hell (Japanese office)

Ruler of the Ten Ju-o Kings of Hell, he lives the good life in a large castle covered in gold, silver, pearls and jewels.

His judgment is relatively simple. If you have killed an innocent human being, you go into a cauldron full of molten metal. That’s it really.

However, there is a get-out clause. If, after your crime, you made a pilgrimage to all thirty-three shrines of Kannon, you may be excused metabolism.

Emma-o has quite a lot in common with his neighbors Yama and Yanluo Wang.

Emma-o Facts and Figures

Name: Emma-o
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Emma-Ō

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: the Underworld
Area of expertise: Underworld

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 10729

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Article last revised on November 18, 2018 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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