Rigpay Lhamo

Rigpay Lhamo

The Red-Faced One

Also known as: Rikpay Lhamo

Origin: Mongolia

Rigpay Lhamo is a fierce pre-Buddhist Mongolian spirit who now rides to the defense of the Dharma in the entourage of her brother/consort, Begtse. She is his constant companion and ally and is usually depicted riding on his right side.

Iconography: Rigpay Lhamo is traditionally depicted with a red face and a naked blue body featuring pendulous breasts. Her ornaments are made of bone. The animal on which she rides may be depicted leisurely chewing on the corpses of her enemies.

Attributes: Flaming sword and an iron phurpa (ritual dagger or stake)

Mount: A bear or a lion

Metal: Copper

Colors: Red and blue

See also: Begtse; Eight Dharma Protectors; Palden Lhamo

Judika Illes
From the Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

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