The Eighteen Arhats or Luo Han are the followers of the Buddha who have followed the Eightfold Path and attained the spiritual Enlightenment. They have reached the state of Nirvana and are free of worldly cravings. They are tasked to safeguard the Buddhist faith and to await on earth for the coming of Maitreya, a prophesied enlightened Buddha to arrive on earth many millennia after Gautama Buddha's death and nirvana. Their eternal status makes them akin to guardian angels, adept at warding off evil. Display them facing the main entrance to protect the house.
The Brass 18 Arhats or Luohan can also form an invaluable part of your collection of Asian art.