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About Virgo Shaka

Saint Seiya Virgo Shaka - the protector of the Gold Saints

Virgo Shaka is a character from Saint Seiya, a manga and anime series written and illustrated by Masami Kurumada. Virgo is considered is one of the twelve legendary Gold Saints and considered one of the strongest, if not the strongest, of all of the Saints. He is the chief guardian of the Temple of Virgo and played a pivotal role in the battle between Athena and the Pope in the Sanctuary arc. Throughout the series, he is referred to as a demi-God due to his immense power and is thought to be the reincarnation of Buddha. Due to Shaka's sheer power, he is one of the most popular and well-known of all the Gold Saints that appear in Saint Seiya.


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Shaka's guardian constellation is Virgo and his Gold Cloth is inspired by the Greek mythological figure Astraea, the daughter of Zeus and Thermis. The temple he guarded was known both in the manga and the anime as "Shojokyu", translated as "The Temple of the Maiden" in English. Masami Kurumada took Shaka's name from the ancient Indian clan of Shakya, the same tribe in which the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama belonged to.

Although Gemini Saga and Leo Aiolia were the first Gold Saints to be introduced in the Saint Seiya manga, Virgo Shaka was the first one to be introduced as a Gold Saint wearing his Gold Cloth. Shaka is one of the twelve Gold Saints that is considered to have God-like status, setting him apart from even the other members of the Gold Saints. As a Bodhisattva, Virgo Shaka is bestowed with the most powerful cosmos of all the Saints. Even as a child in India, Shaka was wise beyond his years and communed with Buddha himself during his daily meditation sessions.

Despite having immense spiritual and physical power, Shaka is renowned for the ease and grace with which he defeats his enemies. In combat, Shaka assumes many Buddhist-inspired mudra positions, which further adds to his air of serenity. Instead of brute force, Shaka aims to mentally paralyze his foes by conjuring illusions to cripple his enemies' minds. His signature move, Tenbu Horin (The Treasures of Heaven), traps his opponents in a matrix of illusions and destroys them through five stages which represent the five human senses.