Each one guards a different direction. We are not sure what they are guarding it from. Perhaps their Chinese incarnations the Si Da Tian Wang can point us in the right direction.
The Shitenno also have Hindu versions who manifest under the name Lokapalas.
Shitenno Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Shi-Tenno
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Direction
Area of expertise: Direction, Directions
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Article last revised on September 20, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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