Buddhist Mythology

The Gods and Bodhisvattas of Enlightenment...


Japanese Directions Gods

Also known as Shi-Tenno

Japanese Heavenly Kings

These are the Four Deities of Direction in Japanese Buddhism. Their names are Jikoku-ten, Komoku-ten, Tamon-ten and Zocho-ten.

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

Name: Shitenno
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Shi-Tenno

Gender: Male
Type: Gods
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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