Posted by: feralfish | April 20, 2008

Thousand-armed Goddess of Mercy Dance

This is a group of deaf Chinese dancers doing an incredible routine on a Japanese fund raiser for people with disabilities. All the crazy arm stuff is in honor of Senju Kannon, one of the most widely worshiped bodhisattva in Asia. According to legend, she (or he, depending on various accounts) vowed to never rest until every being was freed from samsara. Since that was such a pain, Buddha split her head into 11heads (to hear everybody complaining better). After hearing all those people suffering, the goddess tried to reach out to them all and her arms shattered. Buddha saw this and hooked her up with 1000 arms to help everyone with.

Cool dance, cool Buddhist legend.

Thanks to Japundit.

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  1. The first time I saw this, it blew my mind. Seeing it again, I find myself wondering if she buys her deodorant in bulk at Costco.

  2. @jimsmuse:

    I dunno, do you transcend the need for under arm protection when you obtain oneness with the universe? Or does it just make you more aware of how rank it can get after a hard day of trying to get all the dumbasses in the world to get to Nirvana too? Not to mention dental and hair care for 11 heads (you don’t wanna be coming at people talking about dharma with rank breath or 3 different bed heads). Being a bodhisattva is tough work.

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