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Yamantaka, Destroyer of the God of Death, early 18th century. Tibet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Florance Waterbury Bequest, 1969 (69.71) | Yamantaka is a violent aspect of the Bodhisattva Manjushri, who assumes this form to vanquish Yama, the god of death.
Odin, the Norse god of wisdom. war and magic, is called Allfather for he is indeed Father of the Gods and he played a central role in myths about the creation and destruction of the world. In the beginning, he killed the primal frost giant Ymir and from his bones formed our universe. He arranged the heavens for the gods, the middle world for humans and dwarfs, and the underworld for the dead. Finally he created the first man and woman from an ash tree and an elm tree.
In China an image of the Kitchen God is pasted above stoves to observe all activities in the house. At the New Year the image is burned, and the god returns to heaven to report to the Jade Emperor, who rules the universe. His testimony would determine the family’s fortunes in the coming year.