Wrathful Face & Mask
Tibetan Buddhist Masks -just like in many cultures all over the world- are used as a means to transform identity.
This face is that of a Dharma protector, called Dharmapala in Sanskrit.
There are 8 protectors of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings, the list can be found below.
Drawing on paper
Copyright: © Carmen Mensink 2015
Status: For sale
The Eight Dharmapalas
Thangka painter painting the eyes of a wrathful deity
List of the 8 Dharmapalas:
- Palden Lhamo
- Tshangspa Dkarpo
You could view them as the ‘bodyguards’ of the tantras, the esoteric texts for the more advanced practitioner.
“We show the same form as the evil so the evil can feel fear. The protective deities take a wrathful form in order to scare evil.” – Khenpo Konchok Namdak
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- Deer Mask
- Skull Mask
- Tibetan Mask Making
- Cham Lama Dance – colorful costumes & masks
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