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Yama holding the Bhavacakra or Wheel of life. Gouache.


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The Buddhist deity Yama holds the wheel of life. In its centre are three symbols of 'emotional defilements'; a pig, a cock and a snake. Around the rim of the wheel are twelve further symbolic figures taking human, animal and inanimate form.

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