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8 Legions

In Religion, the 8 Guardians, also called the Eight Guardian Deities of Buddhism, and the 8 Legions; Hachi Bushu (Hachibushuu); Ninpinin or Tenryuu Hachibushuu are derived from India:

1. Ten (Skt: Deva). Celestial beings, 6th level of existence; see Tenbu
2. Ryuu (Skt: Naga). Serpent-like creatures, including dragons.
3. Yasha (Skt: Yaksa). Warriors of Fierce Stance, Nature Spirits.
4. Kendatsuba (Skt: Gandharva). Gods of music, medicine, children.
5. Ashura (Skt: Asura). 3 heads, 6 arms, 4th level of existence
6. Karura (Skt: Garuda) Bird-man, enemy of Ryuu and dragons
7. Kinnara (Skt: Kimnara). Celestial musicians and dancers; have human
form but horse's head
8. Magoraka (Skt: Mahoraga). Serpentine musicians
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