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Oh-Head

"Ox-Head (pictured above) and Horse-Face are two fearsome guardians or types of guardians of the Underworld in Chinese mythology, where dead humans face suffering prior to reincarnation. As indicated by their names, Ox-head has the head of an ox, and Horse-face (next post) has the face of a horse. They are the first people a dead soul meets upon arriving in the Underworld; in many stories they directly escort the newly dead to the Underworld. Usually, the two are mentioned together."

 

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Oh-Head

"Ox-Head (pictured above) and Horse-Face are two fearsome guardians or types of guardians of the Underworld in Chinese mythology, where dead humans face suffering prior to reincarnation. As indicated by their names, Ox-head has the head of an ox, and Horse-face (next post) has the face of a horse. They are the first people a dead soul meets upon arriving in the Underworld; in many stories they directly escort the newly dead to the Underworld. Usually, the two are mentioned together."

 

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comments (24)

  • ....peter:)
  • Moonbeam, Ontario, Canada
  • 11 Jul 2014, 02:59
good shot this colourful guardian of the underworld Ayush...
but you just gave me a fear of dyinggrin....petersmile
Ayush Basu: Thank you for taking interest in this, Peter. My hands were shaking while taking this shot Peter tongue
Some statue... some story!!
Ayush Basu: I hope you found in interesting Elizabeth. I guess it is quite major for the Chinese since there seems to be a lot of material on the 'net on this.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Jul 2014, 04:46
Thank you for the education in the read-up.
They did a great job sculpturing this Ox.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for taking interest in this, Astrid. This is nicely done and nicely restored.
That would be one scary fellow to run into.
Ayush Basu: Especially at night, Michael!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Jul 2014, 06:37
One thing is being dead - but then having to meet him!
Ayush Basu: Or his 'compadre', Chris!
Afterlife stories from different cultures and religions are so fascinating and colorful, Ayush. I think I'd rather see angels. grin
Ayush Basu: Thank you for taking interest in this, Ginnie and I am right with you about seeing something more agreeable. grin
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Jul 2014, 08:05
not have the "pleasure" of meeting this one! Good shot.
Ayush Basu: You've been a good boy then, sir! smile
If you believed you were going to meet this you would cling onto life Ayush grin
Ayush Basu: Oh yes, just imagine what he could inflict just using those horns! tongue
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 11 Jul 2014, 08:45
I wonder if these figures scare children Ayush, it must surely fascinate them at least.
Ayush Basu: You maybe surprised that the kids these days are not taken in that easily, Chad grin I in my childhood, would have been running for the exit though.
  • elleplate
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jul 2014, 09:17
A colouful if not intimidating character!
Ayush Basu: Thank you Elleplate. These are nicely restored.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jul 2014, 09:21
And a stick to beat you with if you don't march quick enough!
Ayush Basu: It seems to be something with a trident mounted on top, even worse. Thank you for the comment
Oh well, that's something to look forward to then, Ayush....
Ayush Basu: I suppose so (if you haven't been a good boy)wink
He has very mean eyes.
Ayush Basu: Yes and a mean looking trident thingy as well Mary grin
I guess this would scare the life out of the children.
Ayush Basu: And that opportunity would be well capitalized upon by their parents to get the children to behave wink
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Jul 2014, 13:33
If something like this meets me after dying, I will have another heart attack.
Ayush Basu: I will have one if I meet him in a dimly lit alley, Louis!
Haha. Funny lot aren't we
Ayush Basu: That we are Janet. Thank you for the comment.
wow Ayush... so much colours..
Ayush Basu: Nicely restored over the decades Aderonke. Thanks for the visit smile
Very bright, if not the best possible taste smile
Ayush Basu: Ohh you have to see his comrade, John wink
Quite impressive Ayush! Thank you for the interesting words.
Ayush Basu: It must be quite major in Chinese mythology since a lot of it is available on the internet. Thank you for taking interest in this, Richard
Thank you Ayush.......I shall know where I am, if this character turns up!!
Nice shot smile
Ayush Basu: Yes, a sobering thought Martin wink
  • carreksmum
  • Beautiful Cornwall
  • 11 Jul 2014, 17:56
He looks very fierce, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Imagine him in the dark of the night, Pauline! tongue
  • Shane
  • Uk
  • 11 Jul 2014, 19:29
Great story...i did!nt know that ....if nothing else it's very colourful smile
Ayush Basu: Thanks a bunch Shanesmile glad you liked it.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Jul 2014, 22:59
This coo need a dentist, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: The dentist would be most anxious to do a pro bono service on this occasion, Ray
A colorful,good photo!

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