MARICI : BRIEF INTRODUCTION Marici, in Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism, is a deva or bodhisattva associated with light and the sun. She is known as Molizhitian (????) or Molizhitian Pusa (??????) in China, Marishi-ten (????) in Japan, and ozer Chenma (Wylie: od zer can ma) in Tibet. She is one of the 20 (or 24) Celestials (??/?????). In Taoism and Chinese folk religion, Marici is known under the epithet Doumu (Chinese: ????; pinyin: D?um? Yuanj?n), a name sometimes used by Buddhists.
Marici is usually depicted in one of the following ways:
As a beautiful woman on an open lotus, the lotus itself sometimes perched on the back of seven sows. As a ferocious wrathful deity perched on the back of a boar. Riding a fiery chariot pulled by seven savage boars or sows. As a multi-armed woman with a different weapon in each hand standing or sitting on the back of a boar. She has been depicted with one, three, five or six faces and two, six, eight, ten or twelve arms; three eyes; in her many-faced manifestations one of her faces is that of a sow.