(Indian ). The self-existing and invisible Creator of the universe; represented with four heads looking to the four corners of the world. The divine triad is Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva.
Whate'er in India holds the sacred name Of piety or lore, the Brahmins claim; In wildest rituals, vain and painful, lost, Brahma, their founder, as a god they boast.
Camoens: Lusiad, book vii.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894