Buddhist Mythology

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PALDEN LHAMO

Tibetan Protection Goddess

Also known as Dpal Ldan Lha Mo, Panden Lhamo

Protection Goddess of Tibet and Mongolia

Seemingly beautiful and pastoral, she approaches riding side-saddle on a mule, holding a parasol. But what is this? The mule is stepping through a sea of blood. It has a flayed human skin blanket and a collar with skulls.

Palden Lhamo herself is wearing a tigerskin dhoti, a garland of human heads and the trappings of a serpent, including earrings. A crown with five skulls sits on her flaming head. In her fanged mouth she carries some unfortunate mortal human.

Yes, she is certainly delightful. Just what did you expect from one of the Dharmapalas?

Palden Lhamo Facts and Figures

Name: Palden Lhamo
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Dpal Ldan Lha Mo, Panden Lhamo

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Protection
Area of expertise: Protection

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 849

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Article last revised on November 18, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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