In Vedic Indian tradition, Yama is the first mortal man who, after death, becomes Lord of the Dead, leading souls of the departed to eternal bliss in heaven. In Buddhism, Yama continues on as Lord of Death; however, rather than leading souls to heaven, he rules as king and judge of the netherworld regions of hell. Concurrently, he serves as Protector of the Law (Dharmapāla).
Thangka; ink and colors on linen
25 1/8 x 16 1/8 in. (63.81 x 40.95 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 71.4.3