Vajravetali

Vajravetali : The Diamond Zombie; The Adamantine Ghoul; The Resurrected Diamond; The Diamond Vampire

Vajravetali, Wisdom Dakini, is the consort of Yamantaka, the Diamond Terrifier. She is among the eight dakinis in the entourage of Vajranairatmya. She is somewhat eclipsed by these more famous spirits, but Vajravetali is an extremely significant Tantric deity in her own right and was once venerated independently. She is the embodiment of the wrathful power that heals and resurrects. Vajravetali straddles the threshold between life and death: she annihilates fear, especially fear of death and the afterlife.

ALSO KNOWN AS:

Vajra Vetali; Dorje Rolangma

CLASSIFICATION:

Dakini; Buddha

ICONOGRAPHY:

She is envisioned in divine union with her consort Yamantaka.

ATTRIBUTES:

Vajra chopper and skull cup

Consort:

Yamantaka

COLOUR:

Vajravetali owns all shades and colours reminiscent of corpses. Her primary colour is slate blue but in the context of sacred imagery, she may be depicted in various colours including red and green.

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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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