Eight buddhist protectors of the zodiac.
According to Japanese tradition, each year reflects the character of a different sign of the Chinese twelve zodiac signs.
These signs are the result of zoning time and direction into twelve blocks, each block being given a name of an animal based on the ancient Chinese concept that all time shifts based on these twelve units.
each of the 12 animals are commonly associated with one of eight Buddhist guardian deities. #illustration #zodiac #buddha #deity #yearofbirth