retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Alan,
Some of these are certainly freakish (if taken literally)..
The 32 Marks of a Great Man are not
supposed to be taken literally as physical qualities
, but have always been seen to represent characteristics of the Great Being.THIRTY TWO MARKS OF A GREAT MANNo
. Marks ( Lakkhana
1 Well-supported feet. Firm undertaking
2 Wheels arise beneath the sole of the feet. Great retinues
3 The heels are projecting. Long life
4 The fingers and toes are long. Long life
5 The hands and feet are soft and tender. Well-united with people
6 The hands and feet are net-like. Well-united with people
7 The ankles are raised like conch shells. Becomes the best
8 The lower part of the leg is like an antelope's. Gets the best things quickly
9 He can touch and rub around his knees with both palms,
while standing, and without bending. Great wealth
10 The part which should be concealed by garments, is
covered by a bag. Many sons
11 The skin shines like gold. Get finest furnishings and garments
12 Subtle skin: dirt and sweat do not stick to his body. Great wisdom
13 Single hairs arise, one to each pore. Well-respected
14 The hair pointing upwards; dark, black in colour,
turning in rings to the right. Becomes the best
15 The frame is straight like Brahma. Long life
16 There are seven outflows on his hands,
on his feet, at the tips of the shoulders,
and at the top of the back. Obtains excellent foods
17 The upper part of the body is lion-like. No loss
18 The hollow between his shoulders is filled. No loss
19 The body is proportionate: the body is as long
as the span of the arms. Great wealth
20 The shoulders are evenly rounded . No loss
21 He releases the highest of tastes. Very healthy
22 The jaw is lion-like. He cannot be overthrown.
23 There are forty teeth. The assemblies cannot be divided.
24 The teeth are even. Pure retinues
25 The teeth are undivided. The assemblies cannot be divided.
26 The visible teeth are very white. Pure retinues
27 A mighty tongue. His words are heeded.
28 The voice of Brahma and also resembles
the song of a karavika bird. His words are heeded.
29 The eyes are very blue. Attractive look
30 The Eyelashes are like those of a cow. Attractive look
31 The filament between the eyebrows
is white like soft cotton. Well-respected
32 The head is turban-crowned. Many followers http://web.ukonline.co.uk/buddhism/32marks2.htm