Yakshas - servants and warriors of Kubera
Yakshas dwelled in mounts and forests. They were servants - warriors of the god of wealth Kubera and standed guards together with Rakshasas over his protected gardens near the Kaylas mount and treasures buried in land and mountain caves. According to the Hindu mythology, they often lived in peace and accordance with people, and sometimes even were in a service for them.
Kubera ruled over highland in the north (Tibet?) the capital of which - the brilliant city Alaka - had been environed with lakes, riched by lotuses and shoals of swans. The palace of Kubera looked like a cloud margined with gold.
Dual nature of Yakshas
In the "Mahabharata" the dual nature of Yakshas is mentioned - they were capable of both supports, and offences. They were sometimes called by "itaradzhana" ("other people") and "punjadzhana" ("pure people"). For the first time this terms was mentioned in the "Atharva Veda". The Buddhist mythology attributes Yakshas, in particular their female individuals, to the extremely hazardous beings, devouring human meat, sucking a blood of children and torturing men. In mythology of the Vajrayana Yakshinies - terrible demonesses.
Yakshas - werewolves with nonconstant appearance
The exterior appearance of Yakshas is inconstant, they, as well as Rakshasas, were capable to werewolfness. Sometimes they were imaged by abominable, gigantic and shapeless monsters with long arms and a monstrous mouth, or furious giants, "strong as one thousand elephants" (Kubera himself was the one-eyed giant with three legs), sometimes - dwarfs with droopy bellies and both short legs and arms, and sometimes - strong and perfect young men, or beautiful and seductive girls with wide hips, a narrow waist, huge eyes and black hair.
Yakshini - embodiment of male ideal in Ancient India
Excellent frescos and statues of Yakshinies (for example, the numerous relief images in the Indian dagobas of I millenary BC in Bharhut, Sanchi and Amaravati, the well-known sculpture of Yakshini from Didarganj, constructed in II century BC etc.) were saved.
Mystical power of yakshas
Huge all-seeing eyes of colour of light cuprum were characteristic of all Yakshas; they could catch sight of an enemy from from afar.
Distinguishing characteristic of Yakshas - possession of "mystical power" (Yakshini Tanaka, for example, could bring down on enemies a shower of stones) and black magic. The "Ramayana" narrates that Yakshas could turn into Rakshasas (as, for example, Yaksha-Rakshas Marichi), and on the contrary, Rakshasas - into Yakshas.
Yakshas - gods of fertility
Yakshas were considered as gods or goddesses of fertility. In the "Mahabharata" they, as well as rakshasas, use flying chariots, moving on them for larger distances.
In "Vishnu Purana" Yakshas are refered to snakes or reptiles.
See my photos of wall pictures, bas-reliefs and statues of Yakshas, Rakshasas and other beings in the section "Disappeared inhabitants of the Earth in the sculpture and painting of Thailand and Cambodia" , and also photos of bas-reliefs, steles and statues of Yakshinies in Photo Gallery "Miss Ancient Perfection" Beauty Contest"
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