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Also *tamen kouhi ‘½–ʍLä]. A Buddhist image with more heads, eyes, or limbs than a normal human figure. The extra appendages symbolize the manifold powers of the Buddha. Representative examples include: the Eleven-headed Kannon *Juuichimen Kannon \ˆê–ʊω¹; the Thousand-armed Kannon *Senju Kannon çŽèŠÏ‰¹; *Fukuukenjaku Kannon •s‹ó㮍õŠÏ‰¹, who has three eyes and eight arms; *Gouzanze Myouou ~ŽO¢–¾‰¤, who has eight arms, and four faces each with three eyes; and various other *myouou –¾‰¤, *Ashura ˆ¢C—… and tenbu “V•” (*ten “V) images. The arms of Senju Kannon represent her enormous compassion for human beings, and the faces of Juuichimen Kannon show eleven kinds of divine power to save humans from worldly desires. In fearful figures such as myouou, their many features manifest prodigious powers to conquer evil.
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