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Mahamayuri statue. Musée Guimet

Mahamayuri (Sanskrit: महामायूरी Mahāmāyūrī, Chinese: 孔雀明王 Kǒngquè Míngwáng, Japanese: 孔雀明王 Kujaku Myōō, Korean: 공작명왕 GongJakMyeongWang), is one of the Wisdom Kings in the Buddhist Pantheon. Mahamayuri is a peaceful personification, in contrast to the wrathful attitudes of male personifications of the Wisdom Kings.[1] Mahamayuri had the power to protect devotees from poisoning, either physical or spiritual.[2][3]

Mahamayuri's dharani, translated into Chinese by Kumārajīva, is considered to predate Mahayana Buddhism.[4] It contains the only mention of the Rig Veda in the entire Chinese Buddhist canon.

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  1. ^ Musée Guimet exhibit
  2. ^ Notable acquisitions at the Art Institute of Chicago Art Institute of Chicago, James N. Wood p.36 [1]
  3. ^ Musée Guimet exhibit
  4. ^ 平川彰 『インド仏教史 下』 春秋社、p.316