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Palden Lhamo, Protectress of Tibet and Mongolia

Palden Lhamo, Protectress of Tibet and Mongolia
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Another one of my all-time favorite exhibits at the Glenbow Museum, this exquisitely detailed statue / sculpture of a Hindu Goddess of Death & Destruction (Kali? Shiva?) is on prominent display in the Many Faces, Many Paths: Art of Asia wing of the museum.

This one, I know, is a little more disturbing / explicit / violent than my usual uploads, but it is a striking and amazing piece of sculpture work and I knew you guys would want to see it.

Note her necklace of skills, the skin of a slain enemy adorning her steed, the necklace of hands (presumably from another slain foe) around her neck, the fiery head dress (actually, they might be serpents, not flames!), and her two Imp followers, servants in war and destruction.


Ok, a whole new description here, thanks to my good friend annetteleduff's amazingly informative comment that she posted here, being the awesome art expert that she is! Thank you so much, annette!

The real information about this statue:

This sculpture is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist representation. This is not a depiction of an evil goddess and she does not represent destruction.

The goddess depicted is Palden Lhamo, declared the protectress of the first Dalai Llama and later, all of Lhasa (Tibet) and Mongolia.

Palden Lhamo (and the myth surrounding her) evolved from an ancient Indian goddess Shri Devi (Sanskrit name) whose story and iconography is similar (including riding atop a mule). For both goddesses their story begins with marriage to a man who is cruel, cannibalistic and does not respect humanity or Buddhism. Palden Lhamo is queen of Sri Lanka, married to the king. The couple's son was being raised by his father to be the eventual destroyer of Buddhism. When Palden Lhamo's appeals for kindness and change remain unheard, she threatens her husband with the death of their son in a last attempt to stop his cruel ways. The king continues his bloody ways so the mother acts upon her threat, killing their son. She makes a saddle blanket of his skin, placing it on her mule. Palden Lhamo leaves her husband riding the mule and he shoots an arrow at her but misses and instead hits her mule in the hindquarter. (Part of the mark is visible in your image.) Palden Lhamo transforms the arrow wound into an all-seeing eye, expanding her abilities to foresee danger and increasing her abilities to protect Buddhism. She travels from Sri Lanka to Tibet.

She wears a crown decorated with five skulls to represent the transmutation of the five delusions: ignorance, hatred, pride, greed, and envy into discriminating wisdom. The shawl-like snakes warn people of her serpent-like (poisonous) wrath (should they act violently agains Buddhism). It is said there is an ancient association with Kali linked to the severed head necklace, which on this sculpture appears to be carved from Tibetan turquoise, coral and bone.

The two companions are not imps accompanying her, but a god and goddess. Both of the companions wear tiger skins on their backs (you can see the four paws in front) indicating status. The one on the right has a lion's head (displaying fearlessness), and her mane is composed of green fire. Her role is to clear obstacles in the paths of those who seek enlightenment. The other one looks like a makara headed being. A makara is a hybrid being, part animal and fish, or part animal and human. Makara is a Sanskrit word. Makara images are found in India, Nepal, Tibet, Burma, Indonesia, Thailand, Viet Nam, China and the Khmer-Angkor area of Cambodia. Essentially makara symbolize admirable characteristics and qualities of the animal forms represented.


Thanks so much, annette!
Date: 2012-04-17 06:57:03



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man, she looks evil! very cool lighting on this one :)
MonShari™ 2012-04-17 07:13:06
Muy buena Fotografía, Felicitaciones
Te invito a ver una nueva mía:
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Saludos :)
Claudio Fleitas 2012-04-17 07:23:00
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/monshari] Thanks, Sharon!

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LostMyHeadache: Absolutely Free * 2012-04-17 07:35:24
Fantastic color! :D
Ben Moscona | Photography 2012-04-17 07:36:42
great!
Bushra & Sons 2012-04-17 07:39:03
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/bmoscona] Thank you!

[http://www.flickr.com/photos/20170235@N03] Glad you like it, Bushra, thank you!
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TerePedro 2012-04-17 07:41:29
Beauty!
karlaspence35 2012-04-17 07:43:30
Yes, very cool...
Sea Moon 2012-04-17 07:55:05
Uma obra magnífica e impressionante. Divina expressão. Obrigado por compartilhar.
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lauraxfire... 2012-04-17 08:25:51
Must be a unique experience to be present in the museum and to see such wonderful works of art.!!!
alfonsomejiacampos. PLEASE READ MY PROFILE 2012-04-17 08:28:16
Interesting subject my dear friend=)
tamahaji 2012-04-17 08:28:57
Excellent piece! Well done!


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Great find and fantastic photograph, my friend!!!
I think this is how it goes in Hinduism. . .

KALI = Goddess of Death & Destruction; a consort of
SHIVA or SIVA = God of Destruction & Re-Creation. . .

So, it's Kali, the one in the Indiana Jones movie too.
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Romain Donato 2012-04-17 10:33:40
Cruelty, warrior poses, victim skins, etc. may be depicted here, but it is the statue that captivates one and your shot shows it very clearly. Love photo Dave, well shot. I really like it. I would have loved to have gone to this museum myself.
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ConanTheLibrarian 2012-04-17 13:47:51
This is an amazing sculpture and good capture, Dave. The details are clear and the lighting and shadows enhance the art.

This sculpture is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist representation. This is not a depiction of an evil goddess and she does not represent destruction.

The goddess depicted is Palden Lhamo, declared the protectress of the first Dalai Llama and later, all of Lhasa (Tibet) and Mongolia.

Palden Lhamo (and the myth surrounding her) evolved from an ancient Indian goddess Shri Devi (Sanskrit name) whose story and iconography is similar (including riding atop a mule). For both goddesses their story begins with marriage to a man who is cruel, cannibalistic and does not respect humanity or Buddhism. Palden Lhamo is queen of Sri Lanka, married to the king. The couple's son was being raised by his father to be the eventual destroyer of Buddhism. When Palden Lhamo's appeals for kindness and change remain unheard, she threatens her husband with the death of their son in a last attempt to stop his cruel ways. The king continues his bloody ways so the mother acts upon her threat, killing their son. She makes a saddle blanket of his skin, placing it on her mule. Palden Lhamo leaves her husband riding the mule and he shoots an arrow at her but misses and instead hits her mule in the hindquarter. (Part of the mark is visible in your image.) Palden Lhamo transforms the arrow wound into an all-seeing eye, expanding her abilities to foresee danger and increasing her abilities to protect Buddhism. She travels from Sri Lanka to Tibet.

She wears a crown decorated with five skulls to represent the transmutation of the five delusions: ignorance, hatred, pride, greed, and envy into discriminating wisdom. The shawl-like snakes warn people of her serpent-like (poisonous) wrath (should they act violently agains Buddhism). It is said there is an ancient association with Kali linked to the severed head necklace, which on this sculpture appears to be carved from Tibetan turquoise, coral and bone.

The two companions are not imps accompanying her, but a god and goddess. Both of the companions wear tiger skins on their backs (you can see the four paws in front) indicating status. The one on the right has a lion's head (displaying fearlessness), and her mane is composed of green fire. Her role is to clear obstacles in the paths of those who seek enlightenment. The other one looks like a makara headed being. A makara is a hybrid being, part animal and fish, or part animal and human. Makara is a Sanskrit word. Makara images are found in India, Nepal, Tibet, Burma, Indonesia, Thailand, Viet Nam, China and the Khmer-Angkor area of Cambodia. Essentially makara symbolize admirable characteristics and qualities of the animal forms represented.
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Elisabeth Gaj 2012-04-17 15:29:07
Great capture Dave, although I think you need to update the write up with Annette's information! She is an expert!

Lovely vignette effect on this, really enhances the shot
Mark Humphreys Esq. 2012-04-17 16:27:08
Dave if you have a number [18] of photos of this subject, I'll make another gallery of it. Ken
Ken's Eye Saved by Grace 2012-04-17 19:10:57
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/annetteleduff] Wow wow wow! Info updated, thank you so much, dear friend!

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