Azerbaijan Hindu Fire-Temple ( Re: Zoroastrians in othe countries)
s.hodge at PADMACHOLING.FREESERVE.CO.UK
Fri May 26 21:01:43 UTC 2000
Yashwant Malaiya wrote:
> The Fodo-myoo (God of fire) is worshiped at Naritasan
> Shinshiji temple, in form of fire. I don't know of a
> direct connection to Zoroastrianism.
The deity Fudo-myoo (= Acala Vidyaraja) is venerated by all followers
of Shingon in Japan and many temples have him as their main deity but
he is not the "God of Fire" -- he is merely surrounded by a nimbus of
fire as are most vidyarajas in Buddhist iconography. He seems to be a
variant form of Vajrapani. The old Vedic deity Agni is known to
Shingon followers in Japan and is invoked in the initial portion of
the homa ritual there.
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