In the hub of the wheel of life a pig, a snake and a rooster symbolise the »three fundamental poisons« that cause the cycle of existences: ignorance, hatred and greed. As long as a human being is controlled by them, he will, after death, return into one of the six worlds of rebirth, which are represented between the spokes of the wheel. Which of these worlds he will be born into will be decided by the relation between good and bad deeds in his previous life.
In the wheel rim there is a twelve-part allegory of the chain of conditions which leads to the ever-lasting cycle of rebirths.
A demon keeps a firm grip on the wheel of rebirths: an allegory of time as all consuming and eternal.