Sunday, July 29, 2012

Gods And Goddesses: Palden Lhamo

Palden Lhamo is a protector goddess and the only female amongst the Eight Dharama Protectors or Eight Guardians of the Law. She has deep blue skin, red hair and three eyes. She also rides a white mule. Palden Lhamo often holds a skull cup filled with blood and carries a bag made of human skin filled with disease she has collected from those who have invoked her. She is also the protector of the Dalai Lama.

Having a son who was raised to do away with Buddhism, Palden Lhamo was keen to put an end to this. She eventually was able to do it, flaying him, eating his flesh and drank his blood using his skull for a cup. Her sons flayed skin was used as a saddle clothe. The father of the son was unhappy with this and shot at Palden Lhamo at his soonest chance, hitting the mules rump giving it a permanent lump.

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