Wrathful Deities

The wrathful deities of Buddhism are attributed primarily to Tibetan Buddhist beliefs. Many wrathful deities are protectors of the Dharma known as “Dharmapala”. Therefore, wrathful deity statues can take forms that are very frightening to the senses. For example, they are adorned with skulls and step on human bodies, drink blood and so on…. However, at the core, many of the wrathful deity statues stand on a foundation of wisdom and compassion. Additionally, the fearsome appearance of wrathful deity statues makes them very effective in removing obstacles to spiritual realization.

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