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Tibetan Mahakala Mask

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From the roof of the world. The most mysterious & mystical place of legend! Traditional craft passed down the centuries, precious materials. A sacred keepsake for your spiritual journey. Native crafts help support Nepalese & Tibetan refugees. Mahakala is a Dharmapala (protector of dharma) in Vajrayana Buddhism. Mahakala belongs to the 4th hierarchy of deities. Mahakala, "Lord of the Tent", is one of the most revered Tibetan protector deities. He is worshipped as a protectorof the entire realm as well as a personal tutelary deity. Well represented & revered in all orders of Tantric Tibetan Buddhism, Mahakala is especially popular with the Sakya order. In his most common form he is believed to be the fierce manifestationof the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara who plays a prominent role in Tibetan Buddhism, & was the tutelary deity of the Mongolian ruler Kublai Khan. Mahakala is a Dharmapala,a protector of religious law. He is always depicted as an extremely fierce & terrifying deity. His purpose is to help in overcoming negative obstacles on the path to enlightenment. A compassionate wrathful deity, he appears evil, like a demon, but functions more like a guard dog, or guardian angel. His aggression is necessary,for it allows him to demolish obstacles and negativities one faces on the path to enlightenment. Mahakala is depicted in a variety of different ways, sometimes with 6,4 or 2 arms. He is often brown skinned & associated in tankas with Palden Lhamo. Mahakala's role as "Lord of the Tent" explains his popularity in Tibetan religion. Tibetans are historically a nomadic people & tents have always been an important form of protection & shelter, providing the basis for their way of life. Tents being essential for survival resulted in Mahakala, the "Lord of the Tent", becoming one of the most important protector deities.

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