Kurikara Ryu-o

Kurikara Ryu-o is another manifestation of Fudo Myoo, this time in the form of a Dragon-Sword. The Dragon King Kurikara is said to have a golden body and is sometimes depicted with one or two horns on his head. Legend has it that Fudo had to fight the representative of a different religion. He changed himself into a flaming sword but the opponent did the same and the fighting went on without a winner. Now Fudoo changed himself into the Dragon Kurikara, wound himself around the opposing sword and started eating it from the top. This episode gave rise to the iconographic rendering as we know it now.

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