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sonjo-o mandala

The Sonjo-o Mandala. Used in rituals to secure the health and longevity of the emperor. The above drawing depicts Sonjo-o (aka Myoken) with four arms, standing atop a dragon. Various stars and constellations appear in three concentric circles around the deity, who is holding the sun disk (with three-legged black crow inside), moon disk (with hare and frog inside), a trident (Gekihoko), and a staff (Shakujo) with metal rings. SOURCE: Besson Zakki, a Buddhist text compiled by Shingon monk Shinkaku (1116-1180) and translated as Miscellaneous Record of Classified Sacred (www.onmarkproductions.com/html/buddhism.shtml)