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Dated to 734, Karura, one of the Eight Kinds of Mythological Beings, a birdlike creature derived from the mythical bird of Indian folklore, Garuda. Karura is portrayed as an armored warrior with a prominent beak and avian eyes but human ears and hair. Like Garuda, Karura is the enemy of the nāgas (snakes or dragons), making this statue is a companion piece to the one of Sakara. National Treasure @Kōfuku-ji Temple, Nara, Japan. Mythical Birds, Human Ear, Sakara, National Treasure, Bodhisattva, Avian, Beak, Snakes, Folklore
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Dated to 734, Karura, one of the Eight Kinds of Mythological Beings, a birdlike creature derived from the mythical bird of Indian folklore, Garuda. Karura is portrayed as an arm… 
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