(燕王 Yànwáng), is the Bodhisattva assigned by the Buddhas to rule the ghosts and hell realms. Lord Yama’s job is to make sure beings receive the appropriate karmic retribution in the appropriate hell realm. The hell realms as described in Buddhism are not so different from those visualized by Dante in The Inferno. Lord Yama must not be thought of as the King of the Ghosts, because he is a Bodhisattva and ghosts are ordinary beings. He resides in the Suyama Heaven, the third heaven of the Desire World. He is also considered a dharma protector and as one of the “Eight Guardians of the Law.” This is why Lord Yama is often shown holding the “wheel of life” with its six realms of existence and the twelve links of dependent origination. Both Lord Yama and Mara resemble the Christian devil, but this is not a personification of evil.