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  Chinese-style Buddhist umbrella

 

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Some Chinese-style Buddhist umbrellas are long and cylindrical in shape and are used decoratively in Chinese-Taoist temples, hung from the ceiling. Those kind of umbrellas could in some way be considered as the Chinese equivalent of the Indian chattra (fig.). This one on the left, in the Temple of the Jade Buddha in Shanghai, is decorated with figures of the Five Hundred Arahats (fig.), i.e. the 500 rich merchants, who became beggars after meeting the Buddha and accepting his teachings or the 500 disciples that were present when the Buddha expounded the Flower Sutra on Vultures Peak.