The Red-Faced One
Also known as: Rikpay Lhamo
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
Colors: Red and blue
See also: Begtse; Eight Dharma Protectors; Palden Lhamo
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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