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  Thien Khuyen

 

Vietnam

A 4.2 meter papier-mâché statue of Thien Khuyen (fig.), the Vietnamese Judge of the Heavens, in the middle hall of Chua Thay, i.e. the ‘Master's Pagoda’, at Sai Son, where he is placed opposite of Trung Ac, the Judge of the Hells (fig.). He is seated on a brown lion and holds a green pagoda-shaped rock, that contains a white pearl. The latter is reminiscent of Duo Wen Tian, one of the Chinese Four Heavenly Kings, who sometimes holds a pagoda (fig.).