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

Source:

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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