Three horned figures form a group; One figure stands, another is held in a sack and the third crawls.

Fujin or Futen is the Japanese god of the wind and one of the eldest Shinto gods.

He is portrayed as a terrifying wizard-like demon, resembling a red headed, green-skinned humanoid wearing a leopard skin, carrying a large bag of winds on his shoulders.

In Japanese art, the deity is often depicted together with Raijin, the god of lightning, thunder and storms.

According to Kojiki, Fujin (Shinatsuhiko) was born from Izanami.  In Japanese mythology, Izanami no mikoto, (she who invites) is a goddess of both creation and death, as well as the former wife of the god, Izanagi-no-mikoto.  She is also referred to as Izanami no kami.

The iconography of Fujin appears to have its origin in the cultural exchanges along the Silk Road. Starting with the Hellenistic period (323-31 BCE) when Greece occupied parts of Central Asia and India, the Greek wind god Boreas became the god Wardo in Greco-Buddhist art, then a wind deity in China and finally the Japanese Wind God, Fujin.

The wind god retained its iconography, the windbag, and its disheveled appearance throughout this evolution.

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