Tibetan Lore, Gods, Demigods, Heroes, Symbols, and Other Famous Mythological Characters

Abhijnaraja

A Buddhist physician-god. He is depicted with long ear lobes. Referred to as Abhijnaraja.

Abominable Snowman

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Adidharma

A primaeval Buddhist goddess. In some references, known as Adidharma, Adhidharma, Adhidharma, adidharma, adhidharma or adhidharma.

Akasagarbha

A Buddhist sky-god. The twelfth bodhisattva. At times, known as Akasagarbha, Akasha, Akasha, Khagarbha, Khagarbha, Japanese Kokuzo or Japanese Kokuzo.

Amoghasiddhi

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Anangopa

A Lamaist sorcerer. Referred to as Anangopa.

apsaras

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Asokottamasri

A Buddhist god of medicine. On occassion, called Asokottamasri.

Balancho

One of the Five Lands. This realm was the home of giants who lived for over 500 years, herding cattle. At times, known as Balancho, Balang Cho or Balang Cho.

Bardol Thodol

A group of Buddhist goddesses. This group is made up of four Doorkeepers, eight Htamenmas, eight Kerimas and twenty-eight Wangchug- mas. In some references, called Bardol Thodol.

bDud

Forest-dwelling demons. These beings, armed with axes, were early precursors of the human race. Next came the Srin. On occassion, called bDud.

bDul Nygal

King of the demons. Also known as bDul Nygal.

Beg-Tse

A Buddhist and Lamaist war-god. One of 8 dharmapalas. Occasionally known as Beg-Tse, Cam-srin, Cam-srin, Begze Sunen, Hindu Karttikeya, Sanskrit Beg-Tse, Mongolian Begze Sunen or Mongolian Begze Sunen.

Bhaishajya

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Bhikshana

A Lamaist sorcerer. Sometimes referred to as Bhikshana.

Bhrkuti Tara

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Bihar

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bKur-dmam-rgyalmo

Consort of dBangpo-rygabzhin. Mother of Dongrub, Donldan and Donyod. Sometimes identified as bKur-dmam-rgyalmo.

Black Misery

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Bon

A form of shamanistic nature. Worship, the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet. On occassion, known as Bon.

Bon Po

Buddhists priests still practising. Shamanistic magic. Called Bon Po.

Bowa

Demons said to dance round the spirits of the dead. In some references, identified as Bowa.

Brug Ma

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bTsan

Demons of the air. These beings are said to ride red horses and use bows and arrows to kill lone travellers. Identified as bTsan, bCan or bCan.

bTsan-po

The king, regarded as the ruler of the bTsan. In some references, identified as bTsan-po.

Cam-srin

A Buddhist god of war. Occasionally known as Cam-srin, Beg-Tse, Beg-Tse, Mongolian Begze Sunen, Begze Sunen, Begze Sunen, Tibetan Beg-Tse, Hindu Karttikeya, Hindu Karttikeya, Sanskrit Beg-Tse or Sanskrit Beg-Tse.

Candali

A Buddhist-Lamaist goddess. One of 8 gauris. At times, known as Candali.

Cauri

A Buddhist-Lamaist goddess. One of 8 gauris. At times, called Cauri.

ch'o-je

A group of sorcerers regarded as incarnations of fiends. In some lore, occasionally called ch'o-je, ch'o-kyon or ch'o-kyon.

Chak-dor-den-pa

The second of the celestial bodhisattvas. Identified as Chak-dor-den-pa.

Champaka

A Lamaist sorcerer. Occasionally identified as Champaka.

Charpati

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Chikha

A period of after death transition. Also identified as Chikha, Cihuacoatl, Cihuacoatl, Ciuacoatl, Ciuateotl, Serpent Woman, Snake Woman, Ilamatecuhtli, Temazcalteci, Teteoinnan, Tona(n)tzin, Chikha Bardo, Chikha Bardo, Bardo or Bardo.

Chonyid Bardo

A 14-day transitional after-death. Period during which visions. Occur. Sometimes identified as Chonyid Bardo, Bardo Thodol, Bardo Thodol, Sidpa Bardo or Tibetan Book of the Dead.

chorten

A funeral monument. Such monuments are erected over the graves of lamas, saints, etc. and models are sold as amulets. Sometimes identified as chorten, mch'od-r-ten or mch'od-r-ten.

Chos-rgyal Phyi-sgrub

A god of the dead. In some lore, occasionally known as Chos-rgyal Phyi-sgrub, Sanskrit Yama or Sanskrit Yama.

Chos-Skyon

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Cunda

A Buddhist goddess, literature deified. An aspect of Vairocana. Occasionally known as Cunda, Candra, Candra, Chandra, Cunti, Cunti, Vairocana, Vairocana, Brahma, Mahavairocana, Mahavairochana, Vairochana, Grahamatrika, Kun-Rig, Mahasahapramardani, Mahavairoc(h)ana, Samantabhadra, Sitapatra, Sitatara, Usnisavijaya, Hindu Brahma or Japanese Dainichi.

Da

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da-cha

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dah-dar

A divining arrow used by sorcerers. Also commonly known as dah-dar.

Dalai Lama

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Dam-c'an-rdo-rje-legs-pa

Chief of the demons, overcome by Padmasambhare. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Dam-c'an-rdo-rje-legs-pa, Dam-chen-dorje-le-pa-dor-le or Dam-chen-dorje-le-pa-dor-le.

dar-dar

An arrow used in demon-worship. Sometimes identified as dar-dar.

Darika

A Lamaist sorcerer. He was said to be able to fly like a bird. In some lore, occasionally called Darika.

dBan-mgon

The Buddhist lord of the night. In some references, called dBan-mgon, Wang-gon, Wang-gon, wang-gon or wang-gon.

dBangpo-rgyabzhin

Ruler of the gLing-chos heaven, sTang-lha. Consort of bKur-dman-rgyalmo. Father of Dongrub, Donldan and Donyod. In some references, known as dBangpo-rgyabzhin.

dGra-lha

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dGun-ayi-rgyal-mo

The Tibetan version of the Buddhist Hamantadevi. In some lore, occasionally known as dGun-ayi-rgyal-mo.

Dharmakirtisagaraghosa

In some lore, occasionally identified as Dharmakirtisagaraghosa.

Dhupa

A Buddhist-Lamaist mother goddess. One of the astamataras. In some references, referred to as Dhupa, bDug-spos-ma or bDug-spos-ma.

Digambara

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Dinsangma

One of the 5 Long-Life Sisters. On occassion, known as Dinsangma.

dMu

Demons. On occassion, identified as dMu, Lha, Lha, Hindu Deva, rMu, rMu, lha or lha.

dMu-bDud Kam-Po Sa-Zan

A Bon sky god. Also commonly referred to as dMu-bDud Kam-Po Sa-Zan.

dMu-rgyal

Early ancestors of the race. These were the first beings to employ ritual and magic. They were followed by the 'dre. At times, known as dMu-rgyal.

Dmyal-wa

The Tibetan version of the Hindu. Hell, Naraka. In some lore, occasionally known as Dmyal-wa.

Do-man

A collection of mystic writings used as a charm. Sometimes known as Do-man.

Dongrub

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Donldan

Son of dBangpo-rgyabzhin and bKur-dman-rgyalmo. Brother of Dongrub and Donyod. Also known as Donldan.

Donyod

Son of dBangpo-rgyabzhin and bKur-dman-rgyalmo. Brother of Dongrub and Donldan. Also referred to as Donyod.

Doorkeepers

A group of 4 Buddhist goddesses, part of the Bardo group. On occassion, known as Doorkeepers.

dor-le

A Buddhist demon. Also known as dor-le.

Dorje

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Dosangma

One of the 5 Long-Life Sisters. Referred to as Dosangma.

Dpe-dkar

A god. Also identified as Dpe-dkar.

Dra Minyan

One of the Five Lands. This realm was regarded as the home of the dead. At times, referred to as Dra Minyan.

Drag-gshed

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'dre

Early ancestors of the race. These people abandoned the great forests to live on bare mountain slopes. Next came the Ma-sang. Occasionally known as 'dre.

Dri-chab-ma

The Tibetan name for Gandha. In some lore, occasionally called Dri-chab-ma.

drilbu

A prayer bell. The lamas use this bell to drive away evil spirits and attract good ones. At times, known as drilbu.

Drug

A god. In some lore, occasionally called Drug, Druj, Druj, Angra Mainya, Drauga, Drug, Drugh, Durugh or 'deceit'.

Dzamo

One of the Five Lands. This was said to be the land of the living. Occasionally referred to as Dzamo.

Eight Glorious Symbols

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Five Lands

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Five Sisters of Long Life

Sister-goddesses of the Himalayas. Occasionally referred to as Five Sisters of Long Life, Sisters of Long Life, Sisters of Long Life, Long Life Sisters, Miyolangsangma, Miyolangsangma, Tashi Tseringma or Tashi Tseringma.

Ge-lug-pa

A Buddhist sect worshipping. Vajradhara, founded by Atisa. In some references, known as Ge-lug-pa, Ka-dam-pa or Ka-dam-pa.

gelong

A Buddhist monk. In some accounts, referred to as gelong.

Gesar

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Gesar Saga

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ghan-po slob-rgyas

A form of prayer-flag. Also referred to as ghan-po slob-rgyas, da-cha, da-cha, cho-pen, dar-Ich'og, gLan-po stob-rgyas, gyal-tsan dsemo, lung-rta or dar-lch'og.

gLan-po stob-rgyas

A form of prayer-flag. In some references, called gLan-po stob-rgyas, da-cha, da-cha, cho-pen, dar-Ich'og, ghan-po slob-rgyas, gyal-tsan dsemo, lung-rta or dar-lch'og.

gLing-chos

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gNan

Evil spirits which live in rocks, water or trees and bring disease. Also known as gNan, gNyan or gNyan.

gnod-sbyin

Black demons. These beings, armed with bows and arrows, were precursors of the human race. Next came the bdud. In some lore, occasionally called gnod-sbyin.

Gombo

A leader of the demons. He is regarded as a manifestation of Shiva. Also commonly referred to as Gombo.

'gong-po'

Early ancestors: miracle-workers. Sometimes called 'gong-po', klu-rgyal-po or klu-rgyal-po.

Gri-bdog

10 demons armed with knives. In some lore, occasionally identified as Gri-bdog, Di-do, Di-do or Gri-bobg.

Gri-gum

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gSan Sgrub

A Bon god. He was merged with Yama in Lamaism. Occasionally known as gSan Sgrub.

gSang-ba

Bon deities. At times, called gSang-ba.

gShen-Lha-Odkhar

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gShen-Rabs

The supreme god in the Bon pantheon. In some lore, occasionally called gShen-Rabs, gShen-Rap, gShen-Rap, Mi Bo, Mi Bo, Mi-bo or Mi-bo.

gShin-rje

The Tibetan name for Yama as one of the Drag-gshed. Also identified as gShin-rje, Yama, Yama, Yama, Universal King, Chinese Yen-lo (Wang), Yen Wang, Tibetan Chos-rgyal, Phyi-sgrub, Emma-O or Ten Yama Kings.

gShin-rje gsed

The Tibetan name for Yamantaka as one of the Drag-gshed. At times, known as gShin-rje gsed.

gSun-gi-rgyal po

King of speech. One of the Panchmaharajas. Also referred to as gSun-gi-rgyal po, Sung-gi-gral-po, Sung-gi-gral-po, Klu-dban, Klu-dban, Lu Vang or Sun-gi-rgyal-po.

Gur-Gyi Mgon-Po

A Buddhist god of tents. A form of Mahakala. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Gur-Gyi Mgon-Po.

Guru-kam-balu

A headless monk. On occassion, identified as Guru-kam-balu.

gyal-tsan dsemo

A form of prayer-flag. Sometimes identified as gyal-tsan dsemo, da-cha, da-cha, cho-pen, dar-Ich'og, ghan-po slob-rgyas, gLan-po stob-rgyas, lung-rta or dar-lch'og.

Gyalin

King of the realm of demi-gods. On occassion, referred to as Gyalin.

Himavan

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Hod-srum

The Tibetan name for Kashyapa the manushibuddha. Also identified as Hod-srum, O-Sung, O-Sung, Kashyapa or Hod-srun.

Htamenmas

A group of 8 goddesses. These beings, shown as holding corpses and skeletons, are also depicted as having the heads of animals or birds. On occassion, referred to as Htamenmas, Pharmen-ma, Pharmen-ma or Htamenamas.

Hwashan

A Chinese priest expelled from Tibet. By Padmasambhava. Also referred to as Hwashan.

Indrabhuti

A king. A Lamaist sorcerer. Father of Lashmikara. Also known as Indrabhuti.

Jambutri Shring

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K'an-po

Head of a monastery, said to be in direct communication with the saints. Sometimes referred to as K'an-po, K'an-mo, K'an-mo, femaleK'an-mo or femaleK'an-mo.

Kah-gyur

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Kalakala

A Lamaist sorcerer. Occasionally identified as Kalakala.

Kanakha

A Lamaist sorceress. Sister of Kanakhala and Mekhala. At times, referred to as Kanakha.

Kanakhala

A Lamaist sorcerer. Brother of Kanakha and Mekhala. Sometimes known as Kanakhala.

Kanchenjunga

5 brothers who became the spirits of sacred mountains. Sometimes known as Kanchenjunga.

Kanta

A Lamaist sorcerer. Occasionally referred to as Kanta, Kantali or Kantali.

Kapalika

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Karnari

A Lamaist sage. Also commonly identified as Karnari.

kerimas

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Khen-Ma

A Buddhist goddess controlling earthly demons. She is depicted with eight wrinkles in her face and riding a ram. Also commonly called Khen-Ma, Khon-Ma or Khon-Ma.

Khen-Pa

A Buddhist god controlling heavenly demons. He is depicted with white hair and riding a white dog. In some accounts, referred to as Khen-Pa.

Khumbu'i Yulha

Patron deity of the sherpas. This deity lives on the Himalayan peak Khumbila. Referred to as Khumbu'i Yulha, Home God of the Khumbu or Home God of the Khumbu.

Khyung

Winged deities of the Bon. In some accounts, identified as Khyung, Hindu Garuda, Hindu Garuda, Khyung-Gai mGo-Can or Kruth.

Khyung-Gai mGo-Can

A local Buddhist god, leader of the Khyung. Sometimes identified as Khyung-Gai mGo-Can, Hindu Garuda, Hindu Garuda, Khyung or Kruth.

King Hor

A king who abducted Brug Ma. She was rescued from his clutches by Gesai whom she married. On occassion, referred to as King Hor, Hor, Hor or Hor Nubuti.

Kirava

A king. A Lamaist sorcerer. Also identified as Kirava.

klu

Ancestors of the race. Miracle-workers. Also called klu.

Klu-dban

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Kokili

A king. A Lamaist sorcerer. Occasionally known as Kokili.

Kor-wa-ji

The Tibetan name for Krakucchanda. Sometimes referred to as Kor-wa-ji.

Kukkuri

A disciple of the Buddha who converted a number of Lamaist. Sorcerers. Sometimes referred to as Kukkuri, Krishnachari or Krishnachari.

Kumari

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Kun-Rig

A form of Vairocana with 4 heads. Also commonly identified as Kun-Rig, Vairocana, Vairocana, Brahma, Mahavairocana, Mahavairochana, Vairochana, Cunda, Grahamatrika, Mahasahapramardani, Mahavairoc(h)ana, Samantabhadra, Sitapatra, Sitatara, Usnisavijaya, Hindu Brahma or Japanese Dainichi.

Kuntu bXan Po

The creator god of the Bon pantheon. On occassion, known as Kuntu bXan Po, Kun-tu-bzan-Po, Kun-tu-bzan-Po, Buddhist Samantabhadra, Buddhist Samantabhadra, Fugen, P'u Hsien, Taoist P'u Hsien, Taoist P'u Hsien, Japanese Fugen, Japanese Fugen, P'u Hsien or Samantabhadra.

ladni

A female yeti. Sometimes called ladni, abominable snowman, abominable snowman, kang-mi, Meti, Mi Go, Mirka, shukpa, sogpu, temu, yeti, meti, mi-go, mirka, temu or femladni.

Lakshmikara

A Lamaist sorceress. Daughter of Indrabhuti. In some accounts, known as Lakshmikara.

Lam-bstan

The Tibetan version of Panthaka. Also referred to as Lam-bstan.

lama

A senior monk. In some references, identified as lama, Inara, Inara, Inar, Inaras, Innara, Lama, Inar(as) or Lama.

Lamaism

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lCogpo

The ruler of the underworld, Yog-klu. Also identified as lCogpo, lJogspo or lJogspo.

Lha

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lha

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Lha-K'a

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lha-so

The land of the gods: heaven. Also identified as lha-so.

lha-tho

Shrines erected to the lha, regarded as the home of these spirits. On occassion, called lha-tho.

Lha-tho-tho-ri

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lhamayin

Demons or elementals. In some references, called lhamayin.

Living Buddha

The Dalai Lama. Occasionally referred to as Living Buddha, Dalai Lama, Dalai Lama or Grand Lama.

Lo-gNam

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Lo-ma-gyon-ma

The Tibetan version of Parna-Savari. Sometimes known as Lo-ma-gyon-ma.

Lo Phag

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Lobsangma

One of the 5 Long-Life Sisters. Also commonly identified as Lobsangma.

Long-Life Sisters

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Luipa

A Lamaist sorcerer. One of the Mahasiddhas. He is depicted seated, holding a skull cap and with a rope round his body. Also known as Luipa, Minanatha, Minanatha, Lohipada, Luipa or Matsyendra.

lung-rta

A form of prayer-flag. In some references, known as lung-rta, da-cha, da-cha, cho-pen, dar-Ich'og, ghan-po slob-rgyas, gLan-po stob-rgyas, gyal-tsan dsemo or dar-lch'og.

Ma-Bajan

Mother of 'Brug-ma'. In some accounts, referred to as Ma-Bajan.

Ma-lha

A local god of longevity and good fortune. Sometimes known as Ma-lha.

Ma-mo

Female demons. These black she-devils are reputed to be the cause of disease. In some references, identified as Ma-mo.

Ma-p'am-pa

The Tibetan version of Asita. In some references, known as Ma-p'am-pa, Me-phem-pa or Me-phem-pa.

Ma-sang

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Machi-pal Lha-mo

A Buddhist goddess. Chief of the Long-Life Sisters, some say. Sometimes referred to as Machi-pal Lha-mo, Sri, Sri, dPan-idan Lhamo, Lho-Mo, (dpal-iden) Lha Mo, Lhamo, Shri, Shru or Sridevi.

Mahacinatara

A Buddhist goddess. An aspect of Akshobhya. On occassion, called Mahacinatara, Ekajata, Ekajata, Akajata, Blue Tara, Tara, Tibetan Ral-cgig-ma, Tara, Tara, Kuan Yin, Queen of Heaven, Queen of Knowledge, Tarini, Arya-Tara, Bhrkuti-Tara, Dhanada, Janguli, Jayatara, Padmatara, Pandaravasini, Parnassavari, Prajna(paramita), Sitatara, Sukla-Tara, Syamatara, Vajratara, Vasya-Tara, Vidjyarajni, Chinese Kuan Yin, Tibetan Dolma, sGrol-ma, Green Tara, Red Tara, Tara Amba or White Tara.

Mahamaya

One of the Yi-dam. Identified as Mahamaya, Maya, Maya, Mahamaya, Maya Bunin, Mayadevi, Maia, Maya-Bunin, Tara or Hindu Lakshmi.

Mahapancharaja

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Mala

A Buddhist mother-goddess. One of the astamataras. Also referred to as Mala.

Manibhadra

A Lamaist sorceress. She was said to be able to fly like a bird. In some accounts, identified as Manibhadra, Manivara, Manivara or Manibhadra.

Mar-pa

A magician, disciple of Atisa, tutor of Milarapa. Occasionally known as Mar-pa.

Mekhala

A Lamaist sorceress. Sister of Kanakha and Kanakhala. Sometimes referred to as Mekhala.

Milarepa

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Minanatha

The name for Matsyendra in Tibet. On occassion, known as Minanatha, Lohipada, Lohipada, Luipa, Luipa, Matsyendra, Matsyendra, Matsyendranatha, Matysendranatha, Nepalese Avolokiteshvara or Tibetan Luipa.

Miyolangsangma

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Miyul

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Na-ch'un

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Nach-un

An incarnation of Bi-har acting. As oracle and sorcerer to the government. On occassion, identified as Nach-un, Bihar, Bihar, Bi-har, Pe-har, Pe-kar, Pehar, Pekar, Pelear, Tin-le-gyal-po, Yon-tan-rgyal-po or Tin-legyal-po.

Nag-pa

A sorcerer. These men wear tall conical hats, a sash of bones and a magical mirror on the chest, engaging demons in battle. Occasionally identified as Nag-pa.

Nagabodhi

A Lamaist sorcerer. At times, called Nagabodhi.

Nagarjuna

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naljor-pa

Ascetics who, it is said, acquire magic. Powers. Sometimes called naljor-pa.

Nan-lha

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Nan-Sgrub

A Lamaist god of death. Occasionally identified as Nan-Sgrub.

Naropa

A magician, tutor of Mar-pa: one of the Mahasiddhas. In some lore, occasionally called Naropa.

Nor-lha

A local god of longevity and wealth. At times, identified as Nor-lha.

Nrtya

A Buddhist mother-goddess. One of the astamataras. She is depicted as green with two or four arms. Also referred to as Nrtya, Gar-ma, Gar-ma, Tibetan Gar-ma or Tibetan Gar-ma.

P'yag-na-rdo-rje

The Tibetan name for Vajrapani. In some lore, occasionally identified as P'yag-na-rdo-rje.

Pachari

A Lamaist sorcerer. Sometimes identified as Pachari.

Padma-mkhah-Ngro

The Tibetan name for Padmdakini. On occassion, known as Padma-mkhah-Ngro.

Pan Chhan Rin-po Chhe

The first Tashi Lama, deified as an incarnation of Amitabha. Also known as Pan Chhan Rin-po Chhe.

Panaha

A Lamaist sorcerer. He owned a pair of magic shoes which could transport him rapidly to wherever he wished to go. Occasionally known as Panaha.

Panchen Lama

The second senior leader of Tibetan Buddhists. He is regarded as an incarnation of Amitabha. Also identified as Panchen Lama, Tashi Lama or Tashi Lama.

Pe-kar

A fiend. Patron of sorcerers. On occassion, identified as Pe-kar, Bihar, Bihar, Bi-har, Pe-har, Pehar, Pekar, Pelear, Tin-le-gyal-po, Yon-tan-rgyal-po, Tin-legyal-po or Nach-un.

Phags-skyes-po

The Tibetan name for Virudhaka as guardian of the south. Occasionally called Phags-skyes-po.

Pho-lha

A local god of longevity and wealth. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Pho-lha.

phurbu

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Phyi-Sgrub

A Lamaist god. A form of Yama. Sometimes known as Phyi-Sgrub, Yama, Yama, Yama, Universal King, Chinese Yen-lo (Wang), Yen Wang, Tibetan Chos-rgyal, gShin-rje, Phyi-sgrub, Emma-O or Ten Yama Kings.

Pukkasi

A terrible Lamaist goddess. One of the gauri. Sometimes identified as Pukkasi, Parna-Savari, Parna-Savari, Parnasabari, Parnassavari, Pishashas or TibetanLo-ma-gyon-ma.

Putali

A Lamaist sorcerer. He used his powers to change a painting that showed a demon trampling a god underfoot so that their positions were reversed. Also referred to as Putali.

Radiance

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Ral-cgig-ma

The Tibetan version of Ekajata. At times, referred to as Ral-cgig-ma.

Ratnasambhava

A Lamaist tutelary god. Occasionally called Ratnasambhava, Ratnaheruka, Ratnaheruka or Ratnasambhava.

Red Devil Tiger

A demon with the head of a horse on a human body. In some lore, occasionally known as Red Devil Tiger, Red Tiger Devil or Red Tiger Devil.

Red Tara

Kurukulla as an aspect of Tara. Wife of Kamadeva. In some accounts she is equated with Rati. Sometimes identified as Red Tara, Kurukulla, Kurukulla, Hindu Rati, Astabhuja-Kurukulla, Tara, Tara, Kuan Yin, Queen of Heaven, Queen of Knowledge, Tarini, Arya-Tara, Bhrkuti-Tara, Dhanada, Ekajata, Janguli, Jayatara, Mahacinatara, Padmatara, Pandaravasini, Parnassavari, Prajna(paramita), Sitatara, Sukla-Tara, Syamatara, Vajratara, Vasya-Tara, Vidjyarajni, Chinese Kuan Yin, Tibetan Dolma, sGrol-ma, Blue Tara, Green Tara, Tara Amba or White Tara.

Red Tiger Devil

A Bon deity. Occasionally known as Red Tiger Devil, Red Devil Tiger or Red Devil Tiger.

rGyal-po

Early ancestors of the race: miracle. Workers: fiend-kings. In some references, referred to as rGyal-po, klu, klu, 'gong-po or rgyal-po.

Rimpoche

A title given to a tulku. Also identified as Rimpoche, Guru Rimpoche, Guru Rimpoche, Tulku, Tulku or Trulku.

Rinpochhe

A name for Padmasambhava in Tibet. Rimpoche) On occassion, known as Rinpochhe, Lo-pon, Lo-pon, Padmasambhava, Padmasambhava, Tibetan Lopon, sLobdpon, sLob-dpon, sLob-dpon, Lopon, Lopon, (Guru or (Guru.

rLun-rta

The Tibetan name for Vayuarvat. At times, identified as rLun-rta, Lung-ta, Lung-ta or Vayuvarvat.

rTa-mgrin

A Lamaist deity. One of the Drag-gshed. A name for Hayagriva. Sometimes called rTa-mgrin, Tandim, Tandim, Hayagriva, Hayagriva or rTa-mgrim.

Sa-bdag

A spirit of the soil or fresh water. Guardian of the house or the temple. In some references, identified as Sa-bdag.

Sadaksari

An aspect of Avalokiteshvara. This form of the bodhisattva is said to incarnate in each Dalai Lama. In some references, identified as Sadaksari, Sadaksari Lokesvara or Sadaksari Lokesvara.

Sakara

A Lamaist sorcerer. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Sakara.

Samudra

A Lamaist sorcerer. Occasionally called Samudra.

Samvara

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San Dui

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Sarada Devi

A Buddhist-Lamaist fertility-goddess and goddess of autumn and vegetation. An attendant of Sridevi. In some lore, occasionally known as Sarada Devi.

Sarvabhaksha

A Lamaist sorcerer. Sometimes known as Sarvabhaksha.

Savari

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serou

The unicorn. At times, identified as serou, tso'po, tso'po, unicorn, kee or kee.

Shambhala

A land in the north, home of spiritual wisdom. In some references, known as Shambhala.

Shang-lha

A local god of good fortune. Occasionally referred to as Shang-lha.

Shenrab Miwo

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Shinje-chho-gyal

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Showa

A deer-god. Occasionally referred to as Showa.

Sidpa Bardo

An after-death period, seeking rebirth. In some accounts, called Sidpa Bardo, Bardo Thodol, Bardo Thodol, Chonyid Bardo or Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Sikhin

A Buddhist god of medicine. One of the sMan-bla. Also commonly identified as Sikhin.

Sinhanada

A Buddhist god of medicine. An aspect of Avalokiteshvara. One of the sMan-bla. Sometimes referred to as Sinhanada.

Sipe Gialmo

A Bon mother-goddess. She is depicted with three eyes and six arms, riding a red mule. At times, referred to as Sipe Gialmo, Sipe Gyalmo or Sipe Gyalmo.

Sitatara

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sKui-i-rgyal-po

One of the Panchmaharajas. King of the body. He is depicted riding a white lion. In some lore, occasionally referred to as sKui-i-rgyal-po.

sMan Bla

(one of the) Buddhas of medicine. Occasionally identified as sMan Bla.

Song-t'sen Gam-po

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sPyan-ras-gzigs

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Sri

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srin

Early inhabitants of Tibet. These beings, armed with catapults and slings, were the precursors of the human race. Next came the lha. Called srin.

Srin-po

A class of deity: ghouls: vampires. In some accounts, referred to as Srin-po.

srungma

A group of Bon deities assimilated into the Buddhist pantheon. Occasionally called srungma.

sTang-lha

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Sung-ta

A horoscope used in fortune-telling. Sometimes called Sung-ta.

Suparikirtitanamasri

A Buddhist god of medicine. One of the sMan-Bla. In some references, identified as Suparikirtitanamasri.

Svaraghosaraja

A Buddhist god of medicine. One of the sMan-Bla. Known as Svaraghosaraja.

Tam-chhen

A demon. In some accounts, identified as Tam-chhen.

Tamdrin Dorje

A Bon guardian god. Also called Tamdrin Dorje.

Tamjin

A horse-faced demon. Husband of Dorje, some say. Also known as Tamjin.

Tan-gyur

Commentaries on the Kah-gyur. Occasionally identified as Tan-gyur.

Tan-ma

12 furies, ruled by Ekagata, riding. Wild animals. Also identified as Tan-ma, bStan-ma or bStan-ma.

Tanjur

A sacred book. In some references, known as Tanjur, Tan-gur, Tan-gur, Kanjur, Kanjur or Kah-gyur.

Tashi Toeringma

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Teli

A Lamaist sorcerer. In some accounts, called Teli.

Thab-Iha

A Bon hearth-god. At times, identified as Thab-Iha.

Thinggishatsangma

One of the Five Long Life Sisters. Occasionally referred to as Thinggishatsangma.

Tin-le-gyal-po

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Tsan-rgyal

A demon king. On occassion, known as Tsan-rgyal, bStan-rgyal, bStan-rgyal, Tsen-gyal or Tsen-gyal.

Tse-ring Chhe-nga

5 sisters, of Mount Everest. They are depicted in flowing robes and holding various fertility symbols. Occasionally known as Tse-ring Chhe-nga.

Tshe-gon

The Buddhist lord of life. At times, referred to as Tshe-gon, Tse-mgon or Tse-mgon.

Tshog-shing

A family tree of the gods in order of rank. In some accounts, referred to as Tshog-shing.

Tsong-kha-po

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Tsun-gyi-rgyal-po

One of the Panchamaharajas. King of accomplishments or magic. He rides a white elephant. At times, known as Tsun-gyi-rgyal-po, Thok-chho, Thok-chho, Thahog-chos-rgyal-po, Thok Chho or Thok Chho.

Tulku

The physical body conjured up by a Buddha or a bodhisattva: a phantom. In some lore, occasionally known as Tulku, Trulku, Trulku, Rimpoche, Rimpoche or Guru Rimpoche.

Udhili

A Lamaist sorcerer. He was tutored by Karnari and was reputed to be able to fly. Also identified as Udhili.

Vyali

A Lamaist sorcerer. At times, called Vyali.

Wang-chug-mas

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Weng Cheng

The original name of White Tara. Also known as Weng Cheng.

Yab

The Buddhist male principle: eternity. In some lore, occasionally known as Yab, Chinese Yang, Chinese Yang, In, Yang, Japanese In, Japanese In, Yang or Yang.

Yab-Yum

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Yama

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Yeces mGon-po

A Buddhist guardian of knowledge. An aspect of Mahakala. Occasionally referred to as Yeces mGon-po, Mahakala, Mahakala, Tibetan Gon-Po Nag-Po or Mgon-po.

Yog-klu

The underworld, ruled by Icogpo, in the world gLing. Occasionally called Yog-klu.

Yogambara

A Buddhist god. An aspect of Vajradhara. Consort of Digambara. At times, called Yogambara.

Yon-tan-rgyal-po

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Yul-khor-srung

The Tibetan name for Dhritarashtra. (Dhartarashthra) as guardian of the east. In some lore, occasionally called Yul-khor-srung, Dhartarashthra, Dhartarashthra, Dhr(i)taras(h)tra, Chinese Ch'ih Kuo, Japanese Jikoku, Javanese Dresterata, Taoist Mo-li Ch'ing, Tibetan Dri-za, Yul-khor-bsrun or Yul-khor-bsrun.

Yul-lha

Local gods, of which there are 8. Classes. Also known as Yul-lha.

Yum

The Buddhist female principle: time. Occasionally identified as Yum, Chinese Yin, Chinese Yin, In-Yo, Um, Yo, Japanese Yo, Japanese Yo or Yin.

yun-drun

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Zampu

The Tree of Life which grows on the sacred mountain, Himavan. Also referred to as Zampu, Hindu Jambu, Hindu Jambu, Jambutri Shring, Zambu, Siberian Zambu, Siberian Zambu or Jambu.

Zhang Thung

A mythical land. The realm was said to be the home of Shenrab Miwo. Sometimes identified as Zhang Thung.
Tibetan Mythology