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Luohan (Heavenly Gods) stone statue with gold leaves

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Luohan (Heavenly Gods) stone statue with gold leaves

Luohan, a deity that most commonly known to Chinese, though its origin is nonetheless Indian Buddhism. Luo Han is derived from an ancient Buddhist Sanskrit term, “Arahant” which was earlier derived from “Arihan” (those who subdue or attain victory over foes). By the popular Chinese Buddhism evolution theory and studies, Buddhism was introduced to China circa 200 B.C., an Indian Buddhist Monk, Bodhidharma, who spent considerable time at Shaolin, who apparently taught a series of exercises, “The Muscle-Tendon Change” and “The Bone-Marrow Washing”, which eventually evolved into to what we know today as martial arts. It is believed that he actually introduced what is commonly referred to as the “18 Luo Han”, who are referred as the heavenly Gods in later Buddhist methodology in China, each possessing a special weapon and power and they serve as guardian as the western heaven. This Luo han stone plate features an auspicious Luo Han image who’s stepping on the heads of two mystical guardian animals. Size: 10” by 4 by 23”. Weight: 50 lbs.

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