Buddhist - A god of the dead. Ruler of one of the courts of the underworld. He was originally one of the first pair of humans and later came to be regarded as an evil deity who will one day be reborn as a Buddha known as the Universal King. In one story of his origins, he was a Tibetan saint who was killed and decapitated by robbers who had stolen and killed a bull. The saint immediately came to life again, took the bull's head in place of his own and became a rampaging demon who was finally subdued and converted to Buddhism by Manjushri who had assumed the form of an even more terrifying demon, Yamantaka. Called Yama, Prajnantaka or Prajnantaka.
Hindu - The first man: god of the dead. One of the Dikpalas. Son of Vivasvat or Surya by Sanjna. Twin brother and husband of Yami. Consort of Dhumorna, some say. Yama was the appointed god of the dead, lord of the underworld, who owned two four-eyed hounds, Sabala and Syama, which guarded his palace, Kalichi, and rounded up the souls of the dead. Some say that his messengers, the owl and the pigeon, tied the spirits of the dead in a noose and transported them across the river Vaitarani to Yamapura. When souls reached his capital city of Yamapura, he greeted them as Pitripati, Lord of Ancestors, acted as their judge, Samavurti, and, as Dandadhara, put the judge's verdict into effect. His verdict on a soul determined whether it was returned for rebirth, sent to heaven or despatched to one of twenty-one hells. As a Dikpala he was responsible, with his elephant Vamana, for the southern region. He is depicted as green, dressed in red, carrying a club and a noose, riding a buffalo. Called Yama, Prajnantaka or Prajnantaka.
Persian - A god of the underworld, controller of Chinvat Bridge. Also known as Yama, Prajnantaka or Prajnantaka.
Tibetan - A Buddhist guardian-god. An aspect of Akshobhya. One of the Dharmapalas. One of the Dikpalas. He is one of the guardians of the Dalai Lama and, as a Dikpala, is responsible for the eastern region. His sakti is Vidyadhara. Known as Yama, Prajnantaka or Prajnantaka.

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