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  Niu Tou (Ox-Head)

 

China

Statue of Niu Tou, i.e. Ox-Head, a guardian of the Underworld in Chinese mythology, at Fengdu Ghost City. He is usually depicted together with Ma Mian, i.e. Horse-Face (fig.), and they are said to be the first creatures a dead soul meets upon arriving in the Underworld, that is if not counting Hei Bai Wu Chang (fig.), the guardians that are in charge of bringing the souls of the dead to the Underworld.