Marīchi ［摩利支天］ (; Marishi-ten): A god originally thought of as a personification of the sun’s rays. He also appears as a god of wind in Indian mythology. Regarded as a child of Brahmā, he was widely venerated in India. The Marīchi Sutra of Esoteric Buddhism depicts this god as female, and thus Marīchi sometimes appears as a woman in sculpture, painting, and various writings. Buddhism generally represents Marīchi as the male vassal of the sun god who precedes him in his advance across the sky. Marīchi was said to possess the power to become invisible and defeat an enemy without being captured. For this reason, he was revered by warriors in Japan. Marīchi is also depicted as riding a wild boar and having three faces and six or eight arms.