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

COLOURS:

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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