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Thirty-three gods

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thirty-three gods
三十三天 (Jpn sanjusan-ten )

    Also, thirty-three heavenly gods. The gods said to live on a plateau at the top of Mount Sumeru. Shakra rules from his palace in the center, and the other thirty-two gods live on four peaks, eight gods to a peak, at each of the plateau's four corners. The abode of these thirty-three gods is the heaven called Trayastrimsha in Sanskrit ( Jpn Tori-ten), rendered as the Heaven of the Thirty-three Gods in China. The beings in this heaven are said to live one thousand years, though each day of life in that heaven is equal to a hundred years in the human world. Their life span in human terms is therefore one hundred thousand years.

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