Guardian angel

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Feb 16 2020

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Category: Asia, China-Tibet

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She may not exactly have the angelic looks that you would expect, but I think I recognize in this painting Palden Lhamo, the protector of the Dalai Lama, of Lhasa, even of the whole of Tibet. Many deities are known in benign and in wrathful forms. And it is in their wrathful appearance that they are supposed to guard and protect us against evil.

The small limbs that we see sticking out of her mouth are – according to legend – of her son whom she has killed, then eaten after having drunk his blood from his skull.

Photo of the week: Palden Lhamo, Jokhang, Lhasa, Tibet 1996