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anuvyañjana


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(Skt.). A secondary or minor characteristic of a great person or ‘superman’ (mahāpuruṣa). There are said to be 80 in all. These include features of the bodily grace and beauty of such a person, for example, perfectly formed and proportioned limbs, elegance of gait, a melodic voice, and auspicious signs on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Several versions of the full list occur although the specific attributes and the order of the items vary. On the 32 major marks of a great person, see dvātriṃśadvara-lakṣaṇa.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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