Bhimsen, The God Of Wealth, And Bishamon, The God Of War

Bhimsen, The God Of Wealth, And Bishamon, The God Of War

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In today’s article, we will talk with you about two ancient gods from different parts of the world, used in tattoo art. They are Bhimsen and Bishamon.

  1. Bhimsen, the god of wealth.

Among the Newar people of Nepal, tattooing is considered as an ancient custom. Predominantly Hindu, their artwork is still reflecting many of the ancient and religious themes that have dominated it.

The Newar people are the historical settlers of the Kathmandu Valley and its surrounding areas in Nepal, as well as the creators of historical heritage and civilization. They are also the creators of most examples of art and architecture in Nepal. The Newars are also regarded as an example of a national community with a relict identity derived from an ethnically-diverse, previously-existing polity.

The image of Bhimsen, who is the god of wealth among these people, is one of the many god figures which are used in tattoo art. The god Bhimsen is typically depicted as standing cloaked in a long jacket and pajamalike pants, feet spread apart, bearing a huge club and shield. He also wears a helmet, looking more like a god of defense than of commerce.

  1. Bishamon, the god of war and the punisher of evil.Bhimsen

Bishamon is the Japanese name for Vaisravana, which is a Buddhist deity. Also known as Bishamonten, this is one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, and it is a popular theme in Japanese tattoo art.

With many gods recognized by the native religion of Japan, it is not a surprise that countless statues, images, as well as tales are scattered throughout the entire country. As we already mentioned, among the many gods which now stand as separate icons from the religion they originated, Bishamonten serves as the most intriguing one in Japan, given his associations with Hindu and Taoist beliefs, as well.

As Vaisravana, the god is usually depicted as a figure with a yellow face, carrying a parasol or umbrella to symbolize his sovereignty. A mongoose with jewels coming out of its mouth is also sometimes included in the portrayal of Vaisravana.

The tattoos usually can be seen on the skin of people who believe in Bishamonten, or at least one of his many forms. Most Bishamonten tattoos are done as detailed as possible to pay tribute to the deity properly. However, the most common reasons why people get a Bishamonten tattoo include protection, good health, wealth, and prosperity.

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