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Lohans 13-18

Calico Bag Lohan (Angida)
Buddha of infinite life, valuable bag containing secrets of heaven and earth. Happy and contented. Cheerful and joyful is he.

According to legend, Angida was an Indian snake-catcher whose aim was to prevent the snakes from biting passersby. After the snakes were caught, he would remove the venomous fangs and then release them in the mountains. It was due to this kindness of heart that Angida was able to attain enlightenment. He carried a bag to put the snakes in.

Plantain Lohan (Vanavasa)
Carefree and leisurely, disdainfully regards the Great Void. With celestial air and religious spirit, transcending this mortal world.

According to legend, he was born during a heavy downpour, and the plantain trees in his back garden were rustling noisily. Thus he was named Vanavasa, which means rain in Sanskrit. Later on he became a Buddhist monk, finally attaining enlightenment and because he liked to meditate under a plantain tree, he is called the Plantain Lohan. He is sometime shown meditating in a cave with eyes closed and hands folded over his knees.

Long eyebrow Lohan (Asita)
Compassionate elder, a monk who has attained enlightenment. Perceptive of the infinite universe, with tacit understanding.

“Asita” in Sanskrit means incomparably proper, or of correct proportions in spirit and physique. According to legend, Asita was born with two long white eyebrows. The story was that in his previous life he was a monk who, though having tried very hard yet could not attain enlightenment even at a ripe old age, and had only two long white eyebrows left. After his death he was reincarnated as a human being again. After he was born, his father was told that Shakyamuni Buddha also has two long eyebrows, therefore his son had the look of the Buddha in him. As a result, Asita was sent away to a monastery to become a monk, eventually attaining enlightenment.

Doorman Lohan (Pantha the Younger)
Powerful, husky and tough, Watching with careful alertness. With the Buddhist staff in hand, Valiantly annihilates the evil.

According to legend, this Lohan, also known as Pantha the Younger, was one of Buddha’s favourite disciples. When he went alms begging he would bang on people’s doors. One time he did that, the old and rotten door fell apart, and he had to apologise to the owner of the house. So Buddha gave him a tin staff and told him “When you go alms-begging, you don’t have to bang on people’s doors anymore. Just tap this staff. If the people inside want to give you alms, they will come out.” The tin staff had several rings on it and made a light noise when tapped. The tin staff has become the symbol of this Lohan.

Taming Dragon Lohan (Nantimitolo)
In the hands are the spiritual pearl and the holy bowl, Endowed with power that knows no bounds. Full of valour, vigour and awe-inspiring dignity, To succeed in vanquishing the ferocious dragon.

His Sanskrit name is Nantimitolo. Nanti means happy, and mitolo, friend. Together the name means happy friend. He is called the Taming Dragon Lohan for a brave act he performed.In ancient India, the people of a small kingdom, after being incited by a demon, went on a rampage against the Buddhists and monasteries, stealing the Buddhist sutras. The king of the undersea flooded the kingdom and rescued the sutras, which he put in his palace. Nantimitolo subdued the dragon guard and restored the sutras back to earth. Hence he is called the Taming Dragon Lohan.

Taming Tiger Lohan (Pindola)
Precious ring with magical powers, infinitely resourceful. Vigorous and powerful, subduing a ferocious tiger.

Pindola was a Brahmin and a general, because he was devoted to Buddhism, which forbids killing, he was ordered by the king to becomea monk. He joined a monastery in the mountains where he could hear a tiger roar everyday. He said that the tiger was probably hungry and should be fed some vegetarian food. Otherwise the tiger might become a man-eater. So Pindola collected food from the monks and put it in a bucket which he left outside the monastery. The tiger did come for the food every night. After a period of time, the tiger was tamed. Thus Pindola was referred to as the Taming Tiger Lohan.

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