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Zennyo ryuuou@‘P——³‰¤
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Lit. Dragon King Zennyo. The subject of a painting by one of the disciples of *Kuukai ‹óŠC (774-835) which latter was the founder of the Shingon ^Œ¾ sect of Buddhism. In 824 Kuukai prayed for rain at Shinsen'en _ò‰‘ in the Imperial Palace Kyoto as a result of which Zennyo ryuuou is said to have appeared on Mt. Atago ˆ¤“† and caused it to rain.
In a painting of the same event made by Jouchi ’è’q (active mid 12c) housed in Kongoubuji ‹à„•õŽ› on Mt Kouya ‚–ì, Wakayama prefecture, the deity appears in the guise of a Tang official riding a cloud. He holds a tray with a jewel in his left hand and has a snake's tail showing behind his robes. Images of him are likely to have been used in prayers for rain, and such prayers were addressed to him at Shinsen'en in later times.
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