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  Brahmanaspati

 

Thailand

A bronze Phra Phanatsabodih statue at Wat Luang Phih Saem (fig.) depicting the Buddha standing on Brahmanaspati (fig.), a composite animal that is known as Lord of Brahmanism and combines features of the vahana or mounts of the three main Hindu gods, thus having the beak of Vishnu's Garuda, the horns of Shiva's bull, and the wings of Brahma's hamsa, i.e. a sacred swan. This creature mounted by the Buddha, represents the ascendancy of Buddhism over Hinduism.

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