Tennin

2023-08-06 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

Who is a Tennin?

A Tennin is a heavenly being
That dwells in the Buddhist realm
She is a companion to the enlightened ones
And a guide to those who seek the truth

She is adorned with a feathered robe
That grants her the power of flight
She plays the music of the spheres
And holds a lotus blossom bright

She is a vision of beauty and grace
That inspires awe and wonder
She is a messenger of peace and love
And a source of joy and wonder

She sometimes visits the mortal world
And leaves behind a trace

She is a Tennin, a celestial maid
A fantasy creature of light
She is a dream, a mystery
And a delight.
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What does a Tennin look like?

A Tennin is a type of divine being in Japanese Buddhism, similar to an angel in Western culture.

It is usually looks like a beautiful woman dressed in a colorful kimono with a feathered scarf called a Hagoromo.

The Hagoromo allows the Tennin to fly, and sometimes they have wings as well.

A Tennin may also carry a lotus flower or a musical instrument, such as a biwa or a flute.

This creature lives in the Buddhist heaven, but sometimes they visit the earth and interact with humans.

There are many legends and stories about Tennin, such as the one about a fisherman who stole a Tennin's Hagoromo and married her.
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What does Tennin mean in Japanese?

Tennin is a Japanese word that means "heavenly person" or "angel".
It is used to refer to a type of divine being in Japanese Buddhism, who lives in the Buddhist heaven and serves the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
Tennin are often depicted as beautiful women wearing colorful kimono and feathered scarves, and carrying lotus flowers or musical instruments.
They can fly with their scarves, which are sometimes called hagoromo (feathered raiment).
Tennin are believed to have originated from the Hindu concept of apsara, a female spirit of the clouds and waters.

There are different kinds of tennin, such as tenshi (heavenly messenger), ten no-tsukai (messenger of heaven), hiten (flying heaven), and tennyo (heavenly woman).
Tennyo are the most famous type of tennin, and they are often featured in legends and stories.
One of the most well-known stories is the Noh play Hagoromo, in which a fisherman finds a tennyo bathing on the beach and steals her hagoromo, preventing her from returning to heaven.
He agrees to give it back if she marries him, and they live together for some years.
However, when he reveals the truth to her, she takes back her hagoromo and flies away.
The story is said to have taken place on the beach of Miho no Matsubara, in Shizuoka.

Tennin are also associated with a historical period in Japan, called the Tennin era, which lasted from 1108 to 1110.
It was named after the reign of Emperor Horikawa, who was also known as Tennin.
The Tennin era was marked by political turmoil and natural disasters, such as earthquakes and famines.

Tennin are a fascinating part of Japanese culture and mythology, and they reflect the influence of Buddhism and Hinduism on Japan.
They are also a source of inspiration for art, literature, and music.
Tennin are symbols of beauty, grace, and spirituality, and they represent the connection between heaven and earth.
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What are the Tennyo abilities?

Tennyo are spiritual beings from Japanese Buddhism, similar to angels, nymphs or fairies.

They have many abilities, such as:
  • Flying with or without wings
  • Manipulating aether, light, and elements
  • Using magic and mysticism from various traditions
  • Having supernatural beauty and charm
  • Animating objects through dancing
They soar in the sky, graceful and free
Their robes of feathers, a sight to see
They play their music, sweet and clear
Their lotus blossoms, a sign of peace

They wield the power, of heaven and earth
Their magic and mysticism, a source of worth
They shine with beauty, radiant and bright
Their charm and allure, a gift and a curse

They dance with joy, lively and fun
Their objects come alive, one by one
They share their love, pure and sincere
Their hearts and souls, a bond undone
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What are the heavenly beings in Japanese?

Heavenly beings in Japanese are called by many names
Some are tennin, tennyo, tenshi, or ten no tsukai
They are the messengers and companions of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
They live in the realm of bliss and play the music of enlightenment

They are often depicted as beautiful women in colorful kimono
They wear feathered scarves that enable them to fly
They carry lotus flowers or play instruments like biwa or flute
They are the symbols of grace, joy, and purity

Some of them are also gods of nature and elements
Like Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun and the ancestor of the emperors
Or Susanoo, the god of storms and the slayer of the dragon
Or FÅ«jin and Raijin, the gods of wind and thunder

They are part of the rich and diverse Japanese mythology
They reflect the beliefs and traditions of the people
They inspire the art and culture of the nation
They are the heavenly beings in Japanese, the tennin and the tenshi.
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What is the color of Tennin?

Tennin with blue hair and angel wings on her head and a forest background
Tennin with blue hair and angel wings on her head and a forest background
Tennin with wings and a dress on her body

Example of the color palette for the image of Tennin

Picture with primary colors of Myrtle, Pale silver, Mantis, Grullo and Flavescent
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
NCS S 8005-G20Y
RAL Classic
RAL 6007
RAL 7044
RAL 6021
RAL 1035
RAL 1014
RAL Design
RAL 100 80 05
RAL 130 70 50
RAL 095 90 40
RAL Effect
RAL 850-1
RAL 780-5
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