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Yama \Ya"ma\, n. [Skr. yama a twin.] (Hindoo Myth.) The king of the infernal regions, corresponding to the Greek Pluto, and also the judge of departed souls. In later times he is more exclusively considered the dire judge of all, and the tormentor of the wicked. He is represented as of a green color, with red garments, having a crown on his head, his eyes inflamed, and sitting on a buffalo, with a club and noose in his hands.


n. The Hindu lord of death,who rides on buffalo.


Yama or Yamarāja, also called Imra, is a god of death, the south direction and the underworld, belonging to an early stratum of Rigvedic Hindu deities. In Sanskrit, his name can be interpreted to mean "twin". In the Zend-Avesta of Zoroastrianism, he is called "Yima". According to the Vishnu Purana, his parents are the sun-god Surya and Sanjna, the daughter of Vishvakarman. Yama is the brother of Sraddhadeva Manu and of his older sister Yami, which Horace Hayman Wilson indicates to mean the Yamuna. According to Harivamsa Purana her name is Daya. There is a temple in Srivanchiyam, Tamil Nadu dedicated to Yama.

In the Vedas, Yama is said to have been the first mortal who died. By virtue of precedence, he became the ruler of the departed, and is called "Lord of the Pitrs".

Mentioned in the Pāli Canon of Theravada Buddhism, Yama subsequently entered Buddhist mythology in Tibetan and East Asian Buddhism as a dharmapala under various transliterations. He is otherwise also called as "Dharmaraja".

Yama (East Asia)

In East Asian mythology, Yama, sometimes known as the King of Hell, King Yan or Yanluo is a dharmapala (wrathful god) said to judge the dead and preside over the Narakas ("Hells" or "Purgatories") and the cycle of saṃsāra.

Although based on the god Yama of the Hindu Vedas, the Buddhist Yama has developed different myths and different functions from the Hindu deity. He has also spread far more widely and is known in every country where Buddhism is practiced, including China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam.

Yama (Hinduism)

In Hindu Religion, Yama , is the lord of death. In the Rigveda, he is mentioned as one who helped humankind find a place to dwell, and gave every individual the power to tread any path to which s/he wants. In Vedic tradition, Yama was considered to be the first mortal who died and espied the way to the celestial abodes; thus, as a result, he became the ruler of the departed. Yama's name can be interpreted to mean "twin", and in some myths he is paired with a twin sister Yami.

Yama is associated with various roles in Hinduism that are not always consistent throughout the stories. Sometimes, he is the lord of justice and is associated with Dharma, such as in the Brahma Purana; in other Puranas, Yama has no association with Dharma at all. .

Yama is also found in Buddhist texts. The Buddhist Yama, however, has developed different myths.

Yama (disambiguation)

Yama is the lord of death in vedic mythology.

  • Yama (Hinduism), in the context of Hinduism
  • Yama (East Asia), in the context of East Asian mythology

It may also refer to:

  • Yamas, codes of conduct described in various Hindu scriptures.
  • Yama (album), a 1979 album by Art Farmer with Joe Henderson
  • Yamá, a trade language used by some Native American tribes around the Gulf of Mexico
  • Yama, Burkina Faso, a village in central Burkina Faso.
  • Yama District, Fukushima, an administrative district in Japan
  • Yama, a former name of the town Kingisepp in Russia.
  • King Yama (Wrestler), a Mexican- Romanian pro-wrestler and mma fighter.
  • Holocaust memorial „ The Pit“ (in Russian: „Яма“ or „Yama“) at the location of the Minsk Ghetto, today in Belarus
  • Gul Ahmmad Yama, a candidate in Afghanistan's 2009 Presidential elections
  • Yama, the Japanese word for mountain
  • Yama security module, a security module for the Linux kernel
Yama (album)

Yama is an album by American flugelhornist Art Farmer with saxophonist Joe Henderson featuring performances recorded in 1979 and originally released on the Japanese CTI label.

Usage examples of "yama".

It stared above his head at one of its fellows on the opposite side of the square apse, but Yama fancied that he saw its eyes flicker toward him for an instant.

Still crouching, Yama closed and bolted the heavy slatted shutters of both windows, then pulled the arbalest bolt from the wall.

Oncus sat cross-legged on the main deck under the awning, between Yama and Captain Lorquital, who lay on her side, propped by bolsters and puffing calmly on her pipe.

As Yama approached the shrine, fluttering banderoles of all colors bled into the white light, as if it was a window that had turned toward a festival sky.

Yama and Telmon had most of the major verses of the Puranas by heart, and were guided by Zakiel to read extensively in chrestomathies and incunabulae, but while Telmon dutifully followed the program Zakiel set out, Yama preferred to idle time away dreaming over bestiaries, prosopographies and mapsmost especially maps.

It was rare to see any yama openly fuming, and to see Cor this way stunned her.

It was a bracelet of coypu hair braided with black seed pearls, and when Yama began to thank Oncus in the formal fashion taught by his father, the leader of the fisherfolk put a finger to his lips.

It was a bracelet of coypu hair braided with black seed pearls, and when Yama began to thank Oncus in the formal fashion taught by his father, the leader of the X,,, fisherfolk put a finger to his lips.

Yama, scattering the machines which floated at various levels in the air.

Yama charged at the doctor then, and one of the flock of machines which floated in the big, airy room swerved and clipped him on the side of the head.

To pass the time while Tibor paddled steadily and the ragged margin of mangrove stands and banyan islands drifted by, full of green shadows despite the bright, hot sunlight, Pandaras told the hierodule every detail of his adventures with Yama.

Yama asked Tibor how he had escaped Prefect Corin, and the hierodule explained that he had still been struggling with the Prefect when the tidal wave had smashed into the floating garden, knocking it from the air and washing the two men into the river.

To cross the Sanzu no Kawa, to climb the Shide no Yama, with the demon as company: terrific!

Pandaras flourished his kidney puncher and struck an attitude and smiled at Yama, seeking his approval.

As he rowed, Yama wondered again about Derev, and wondered if the Aedile had resisted the razing of Aeolis and was now a prisoner in his own peel-house, wondered what had happened to all the citizens of Aeolis, and again thought of Derev.