man sees a dream in which he is told that at noon the next day
the Buddhist deity of compassion Kannon will arrive to take a bath,
the deity's appearance and age are described in detail. The villages
hear about this and gather around the designated hot springs. Sure
enough, a figure fitting the description appears at noon. Everyone
prostrates before him, but the stranger does not understand what
is going on. When he asks them what they are doing, a priest tells
him about the dream oracle. The man ponders the matter for a while,
whereupon he says, 'All right then, I must be Kannon,' and he takes
the tonsure on the spot." H. Kawai, The Buddhist
Priest Myoe: A Life of Dreams. Venice, CA., 1992. Kannon
is the Japanese name for Kwan Yin, the bodhisattva of Compassion,
who originated in India as Avalokitesvara.
nothing: "Iconographically, Avalokiteshvara is protean,
fluid. Sometimes male, sometimes female, Avalokiteshvara appears
in more diverse forms or personae than any other bodhisattva." T.D.
Leighton, Faces of Compassion. Boston, MA., 2003. p.168.
finger: Leroi-Gourhan proposes that fingers in Paleolithic
cave of Gargas were folded back to appear missing, in a 'deliberate
arrangement.' He suggests there is a manual code exhibited like
that which is "still used for the hunt by the Bushmen." A.
Leroi-Gourian, "The Hands of Gargas: Toward a General Study." October 37.
animals: M. M. Halpin, "Investigating the
Goblin Universe." In, M.M. Halpin and M.M. Ames, eds., Manlike
Monsters On Trial. Vancouver, B.C., Canada. 1980. p.15.