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12 Directions

The 12 Directions align with the 12 Devas and link with the 3 Worlds


World 3. Up : Heaven
: Brahman

World 2. Intermediate
Sky : Sun
Atmosphere : Moon

World 3. Down : Earth
+ 8 Directions

N
NW NE
W E
SW SE
S

12 Devas
Up Bon, Heaven Brahman Bonten
East Taishaku Indra Taishakuten is Leader of the Gods
SE Ka, Agni
South Emma, Yama
SW Rasatsu, Nairiti, Raksasa
W Sui, Varuna Sui-ten = Water deva
NW Fu, Marut, Vayu
N Bishamon, Kubera, Vaisravana. He is said to live half way
down Sumeru accompanied by Yasha (Yaksa) and
Rasetsu (Rakasasa)
NE Ishana, Isana =Siva
Nit Sun, Surya, Aditya
Gat Moon, Candra
Ji Earth, Prihivi, Downward Direction

Japanese version adds -ten: e.g. Emma > Emma-ten
Cf. 12 Deva Guardians


Rasatsu - Ishana

Ka - Fu






http://www.ece.lsu.edu/kak/VedicJapan.pdf
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