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  Mawang

 

China

The Mawang, i.e. ‘horse-royals’ or ‘horse-kings’, are warrior-deities associated with both the Mazu (fig.) and Shuicao (fig.), Chinese gods that serve as the protectors of horses.

 

The fierce one in the picture above is depicted in the san tou liu bi style, i.e. with three faces and six arms, holding two swords, a bell, and a ji dao (fig.). He also has a vertical third eye on his main face, i.e. the one in the middle (fig.).

 

  Mawang

 

  Mawang

 

The ones in the photos on the in the middle and below look less threatening. They both have just one face, two arms, and are each holding a different kind of long weapon.