Yamantaka was the manifestation the Bodhisattva Manjusri used
to overcome Yama, the Lord of the Dead.
In this guise Yamantaka was usually depicted as a deity with nine heads,
the principal one being a bull, thirty four hands, and sixteen feet.
He holds many different items, including a thunderbolt, wheel of life,
the corpse of a man, and axe.
Manjusri was of Chinese origin and, as Wên-Shu, is revered by
the Buddhists as a god of wisdom, and master of knowledge and meditation.
Bodhisattva Manjusri descended to the depths of the sea to convert its
His attributes are the sword of knowledge and a book. His favourite
companion is a lion.
In Tibetan Buddhism, Yamantaka is called Gsin-rje gsed. In Japanese
mythology he is known as Dâi itoku-myôô and represented
with only six heads, six hands, six feet, and surrounded by flames.