Rigpay Lhamo

Rigpay Lhamo

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.


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.


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


A bear or a lion

Metal: Copper


Red and blue

See Also:

Begtse; Eight Dharma Protectors; Palden Lhamo


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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