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Tibetan Lore, Gods, Demigods, Heroes, Symbols, and Other Famous Mythological Characters
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AdidharmaA primaeval Buddhist goddess. Referred to as Adidharma, Adhidharma, Adhidharma, adidharma, adhidharma or adhidharma.
AkasagarbhaA Buddhist sky-god. The twelfth bodhisattva. Sometimes referred to as Akasagarbha, Akasha, Akasha, Khagarbha, Khagarbha, Japanese Kokuzo or Japanese Kokuzo.
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BalanchoOne of the Five Lands. This realm was the home of giants who lived for over 500 years, herding cattle. In some lore, occasionally identified as Balancho, Balang Cho or Balang Cho.
Bardol ThodolA group of Buddhist goddesses. This group is made up of four Doorkeepers, eight Htamenmas, eight Kerimas and twenty-eight Wangchug- mas. Sometimes identified as Bardol Thodol.
bDudForest-dwelling demons. These beings, armed with axes, were early precursors of the human race. Next came the Srin. Occasionally identified as bDud.
Beg-TseA Buddhist and Lamaist war-god. One of 8 dharmapalas. On occassion, identified as Beg-Tse, Cam-srin, Cam-srin, Begze Sunen, Hindu Karttikeya, Sanskrit Beg-Tse, Mongolian Begze Sunen or Mongolian Begze Sunen.
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bKur-dmam-rgyalmoConsort of dBangpo-rygabzhin. Mother of Dongrub, Donldan and Donyod. Occasionally called bKur-dmam-rgyalmo.
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BonA form of shamanistic nature. Worship, the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet. Sometimes identified as Bon.
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bTsanDemons of the air. These beings are said to ride red horses and use bows and arrows to kill lone travellers. In some lore, occasionally called bTsan, bCan or bCan.
Cam-srinA Buddhist god of war. Sometimes 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.
ch'o-jeA group of sorcerers regarded as incarnations of fiends. Known as ch'o-je, ch'o-kyon or ch'o-kyon.
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ChikhaA period of after death transition. Sometimes referred to as Chikha, Cihuacoatl, Cihuacoatl, Ciuacoatl, Ciuateotl, Serpent Woman, Snake Woman, Ilamatecuhtli, Temazcalteci, Teteoinnan, Tona(n)tzin, Chikha Bardo, Chikha Bardo, Bardo or Bardo.
Chonyid BardoA 14-day transitional after-death. Period during which visions. Occur. Also referred to as Chonyid Bardo, Bardo Thodol, Bardo Thodol, Sidpa Bardo or Tibetan Book of the Dead.
chortenA funeral monument. Such monuments are erected over the graves of lamas, saints, etc. and models are sold as amulets. In some lore, occasionally known as chorten, mch'od-r-ten or mch'od-r-ten.
Chos-rgyal Phyi-sgrubA god of the dead. Occasionally known as Chos-rgyal Phyi-sgrub, Sanskrit Yama or Sanskrit Yama.
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CundaA Buddhist goddess, literature deified. An aspect of Vairocana. In some lore, occasionally identified 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.
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Dam-c'an-rdo-rje-legs-paChief of the demons, overcome by Padmasambhare. Sometimes called Dam-c'an-rdo-rje-legs-pa, Dam-chen-dorje-le-pa-dor-le or Dam-chen-dorje-le-pa-dor-le.
DarikaA Lamaist sorcerer. He was said to be able to fly like a bird. In some accounts, referred to as Darika.
dBan-mgonThe Buddhist lord of the night. Sometimes referred to as dBan-mgon, Wang-gon, Wang-gon, wang-gon or wang-gon.
dBangpo-rgyabzhinRuler 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-lharead more »
dGun-ayi-rgyal-moThe Tibetan version of the Buddhist Hamantadevi. Also commonly called dGun-ayi-rgyal-mo.
DhupaA Buddhist-Lamaist mother goddess. One of the astamataras. Called Dhupa, bDug-spos-ma or bDug-spos-ma.
Digambararead more »
dMu-rgyalEarly ancestors of the race. These were the first beings to employ ritual and magic. They were followed by the 'dre. Known as dMu-rgyal.
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DonldanSon of dBangpo-rgyabzhin and bKur-dman-rgyalmo. Brother of Dongrub and Donyod. Sometimes known as Donldan.
DonyodSon of dBangpo-rgyabzhin and bKur-dman-rgyalmo. Brother of Dongrub and Donldan. In some references, identified as Donyod.
DoorkeepersA group of 4 Buddhist goddesses, part of the Bardo group. Also identified as Doorkeepers.
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Dra MinyanOne of the Five Lands. This realm was regarded as the home of the dead. Also known as Dra Minyan.
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'dreEarly ancestors of the race. These people abandoned the great forests to live on bare mountain slopes. Next came the Ma-sang. Occasionally called 'dre.
drilbuA prayer bell. The lamas use this bell to drive away evil spirits and attract good ones. In some accounts, called drilbu.
DrugA god. Also referred to as Drug, Druj, Druj, Angra Mainya, Drauga, Drug, Drugh, Durugh or 'deceit'.
DzamoOne of the Five Lands. This was said to be the land of the living. Sometimes identified as Dzamo.
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Five Sisters of Long LifeSister-goddesses of the Himalayas. In some accounts, called 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-paA Buddhist sect worshipping. Vajradhara, founded by Atisa. At times, referred to as Ge-lug-pa, Ka-dam-pa or Ka-dam-pa.
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ghan-po slob-rgyasA form of prayer-flag. Also called 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-rgyasA form of prayer-flag. At times, referred to as 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.
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gNanEvil spirits which live in rocks, water or trees and bring disease. Also identified as gNan, gNyan or gNyan.
gnod-sbyinBlack 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.
GomboA leader of the demons. He is regarded as a manifestation of Shiva. In some accounts, referred to as Gombo.
'gong-po'Early ancestors: miracle-workers. In some lore, occasionally referred to as 'gong-po', klu-rgyal-po or klu-rgyal-po.
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gShen-RabsThe supreme god in the Bon pantheon. Also called gShen-Rabs, gShen-Rap, gShen-Rap, Mi Bo, Mi Bo, Mi-bo or Mi-bo.
gShin-rjeThe Tibetan name for Yama as one of the Drag-gshed. In some accounts, called 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 gsedThe Tibetan name for Yamantaka as one of the Drag-gshed. Sometimes called gShin-rje gsed.
gSun-gi-rgyal poKing of speech. One of the Panchmaharajas. Sometimes called 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-PoA Buddhist god of tents. A form of Mahakala. On occassion, identified as Gur-Gyi Mgon-Po.
gyal-tsan dsemoA form of prayer-flag. In some references, called 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.
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Hod-srumThe Tibetan name for Kashyapa the manushibuddha. Occasionally referred to as Hod-srum, O-Sung, O-Sung, Kashyapa or Hod-srun.
HtamenmasA group of 8 goddesses. These beings, shown as holding corpses and skeletons, are also depicted as having the heads of animals or birds. Sometimes called Htamenmas, Pharmen-ma, Pharmen-ma or Htamenamas.
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K'an-poHead of a monastery, said to be in direct communication with the saints. Also known as K'an-po, K'an-mo, K'an-mo, femaleK'an-mo or femaleK'an-mo.
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Kanchenjunga5 brothers who became the spirits of sacred mountains. Occasionally identified as Kanchenjunga.
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Khen-MaA Buddhist goddess controlling earthly demons. She is depicted with eight wrinkles in her face and riding a ram. Also identified as Khen-Ma, Khon-Ma or Khon-Ma.
Khen-PaA Buddhist god controlling heavenly demons. He is depicted with white hair and riding a white dog. Also called Khen-Pa.
Khumbu'i YulhaPatron deity of the sherpas. This deity lives on the Himalayan peak Khumbila. At times, referred to as Khumbu'i Yulha, Home God of the Khumbu or Home God of the Khumbu.
KhyungWinged deities of the Bon. In some lore, occasionally known as Khyung, Hindu Garuda, Hindu Garuda, Khyung-Gai mGo-Can or Kruth.
Khyung-Gai mGo-CanA local Buddhist god, leader of the Khyung. Occasionally known as Khyung-Gai mGo-Can, Hindu Garuda, Hindu Garuda, Khyung or Kruth.
King HorA king who abducted Brug Ma. She was rescued from his clutches by Gesai whom she married. In some lore, occasionally identified as King Hor, Hor, Hor or Hor Nubuti.
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KukkuriA disciple of the Buddha who converted a number of Lamaist. Sorcerers. In some references, known as Kukkuri, Krishnachari or Krishnachari.
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Kun-RigA 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 PoThe creator god of the Bon pantheon. Also identified 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.
ladniA female yeti. In some accounts, referred to as ladni, abominable snowman, abominable snowman, kang-mi, Meti, Mi Go, Mirka, shukpa, sogpu, temu, yeti, meti, mi-go, mirka, temu or femladni.
lamaA senior monk. In some references, known as lama, Inara, Inara, Inar, Inaras, Innara, Lama, Inar(as) or Lama.
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lha-thoShrines erected to the lha, regarded as the home of these spirits. Also referred to as lha-tho.
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Living BuddhaThe Dalai Lama. Also identified as Living Buddha, Dalai Lama, Dalai Lama or Grand Lama.
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LuipaA Lamaist sorcerer. One of the Mahasiddhas. He is depicted seated, holding a skull cap and with a rope round his body. Also commonly identified as Luipa, Minanatha, Minanatha, Lohipada, Luipa or Matsyendra.
lung-rtaA form of prayer-flag. In some lore, occasionally referred to 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-moFemale demons. These black she-devils are reputed to be the cause of disease. Identified as Ma-mo.
Ma-p'am-paThe Tibetan version of Asita. On occassion, identified as Ma-p'am-pa, Me-phem-pa or Me-phem-pa.
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Machi-pal Lha-moA Buddhist goddess. Chief of the Long-Life Sisters, some say. In some references, referred to as Machi-pal Lha-mo, Sri, Sri, dPan-idan Lhamo, Lho-Mo, (dpal-iden) Lha Mo, Lhamo, Shri, Shru or Sridevi.
MahacinataraA Buddhist goddess. An aspect of Akshobhya. In some accounts, known as 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.
MahamayaOne of the Yi-dam. Occasionally called Mahamaya, Maya, Maya, Mahamaya, Maya Bunin, Mayadevi, Maia, Maya-Bunin, Tara or Hindu Lakshmi.
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ManibhadraA Lamaist sorceress. She was said to be able to fly like a bird. On occassion, called Manibhadra, Manivara, Manivara or Manibhadra.
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MinanathaThe name for Matsyendra in Tibet. At times, called Minanatha, Lohipada, Lohipada, Luipa, Luipa, Matsyendra, Matsyendra, Matsyendranatha, Matysendranatha, Nepalese Avolokiteshvara or Tibetan Luipa.
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Nach-unAn incarnation of Bi-har acting. As oracle and sorcerer to the government. Occasionally referred to 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-paA sorcerer. These men wear tall conical hats, a sash of bones and a magical mirror on the chest, engaging demons in battle. Also commonly identified as Nag-pa.
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NrtyaA Buddhist mother-goddess. One of the astamataras. She is depicted as green with two or four arms. Sometimes identified as Nrtya, Gar-ma, Gar-ma, Tibetan Gar-ma or Tibetan Gar-ma.
P'yag-na-rdo-rjeThe Tibetan name for Vajrapani. In some references, referred to as P'yag-na-rdo-rje.
Pan Chhan Rin-po ChheThe first Tashi Lama, deified as an incarnation of Amitabha. At times, called Pan Chhan Rin-po Chhe.
PanahaA Lamaist sorcerer. He owned a pair of magic shoes which could transport him rapidly to wherever he wished to go. Sometimes referred to as Panaha.
Panchen LamaThe second senior leader of Tibetan Buddhists. He is regarded as an incarnation of Amitabha. In some lore, occasionally identified as Panchen Lama, Tashi Lama or Tashi Lama.
Pe-karA fiend. Patron of sorcerers. Occasionally known 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-poThe Tibetan name for Virudhaka as guardian of the south. Also referred to as Phags-skyes-po.
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Phyi-SgrubA Lamaist god. A form of Yama. In some references, identified 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.
PukkasiA terrible Lamaist goddess. One of the gauri. On occassion, identified as Pukkasi, Parna-Savari, Parna-Savari, Parnasabari, Parnassavari, Pishashas or TibetanLo-ma-gyon-ma.
PutaliA Lamaist sorcerer. He used his powers to change a painting that showed a demon trampling a god underfoot so that their positions were reversed. Occasionally referred to as Putali.
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RatnasambhavaA Lamaist tutelary god. In some accounts, referred to as Ratnasambhava, Ratnaheruka, Ratnaheruka or Ratnasambhava.
Red Devil TigerA demon with the head of a horse on a human body. Occasionally referred to as Red Devil Tiger, Red Tiger Devil or Red Tiger Devil.
Red TaraKurukulla as an aspect of Tara. Wife of Kamadeva. In some accounts she is equated with Rati. Also known 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 DevilA Bon deity. Sometimes identified as Red Tiger Devil, Red Devil Tiger or Red Devil Tiger.
rGyal-poEarly ancestors of the race: miracle. Workers: fiend-kings. In some lore, occasionally identified as rGyal-po, klu, klu, 'gong-po or rgyal-po.
RimpocheA title given to a tulku. At times, known as Rimpoche, Guru Rimpoche, Guru Rimpoche, Tulku, Tulku or Trulku.
RinpochheA name for Padmasambhava in Tibet. Rimpoche) Also identified as Rinpochhe, Lo-pon, Lo-pon, Padmasambhava, Padmasambhava, Tibetan Lopon, sLobdpon, sLob-dpon, sLob-dpon, Lopon, Lopon, (Guru or (Guru.
rLun-rtaThe Tibetan name for Vayuarvat. At times, referred to as rLun-rta, Lung-ta, Lung-ta or Vayuvarvat.
rTa-mgrinA Lamaist deity. One of the Drag-gshed. A name for Hayagriva. In some references, referred to as rTa-mgrin, Tandim, Tandim, Hayagriva, Hayagriva or rTa-mgrim.
Sa-bdagA spirit of the soil or fresh water. Guardian of the house or the temple. In some references, referred to as Sa-bdag.
SadaksariAn aspect of Avalokiteshvara. This form of the bodhisattva is said to incarnate in each Dalai Lama. Also identified as Sadaksari, Sadaksari Lokesvara or Sadaksari Lokesvara.
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Sarada DeviA Buddhist-Lamaist fertility-goddess and goddess of autumn and vegetation. An attendant of Sridevi. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Sarada Devi.
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Sidpa BardoAn after-death period, seeking rebirth. Also referred to as Sidpa Bardo, Bardo Thodol, Bardo Thodol, Chonyid Bardo or Tibetan Book of the Dead.
SinhanadaA Buddhist god of medicine. An aspect of Avalokiteshvara. One of the sMan-bla. At times, referred to as Sinhanada.
Sipe GialmoA Bon mother-goddess. She is depicted with three eyes and six arms, riding a red mule. In some accounts, called Sipe Gialmo, Sipe Gyalmo or Sipe Gyalmo.
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sKui-i-rgyal-poOne of the Panchmaharajas. King of the body. He is depicted riding a white lion. Also known as sKui-i-rgyal-po.
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srinEarly inhabitants of Tibet. These beings, armed with catapults and slings, were the precursors of the human race. Next came the lha. On occassion, called srin.
srungmaA group of Bon deities assimilated into the Buddhist pantheon. Occasionally known as srungma.
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SuparikirtitanamasriA Buddhist god of medicine. One of the sMan-Bla. In some accounts, referred to as Suparikirtitanamasri.
SvaraghosarajaA Buddhist god of medicine. One of the sMan-Bla. Occasionally known as Svaraghosaraja.
Tan-ma12 furies, ruled by Ekagata, riding. Wild animals. Also commonly known as Tan-ma, bStan-ma or bStan-ma.
TanjurA sacred book. Also commonly identified as Tanjur, Tan-gur, Tan-gur, Kanjur, Kanjur or Kah-gyur.
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Tse-ring Chhe-nga5 sisters, of Mount Everest. They are depicted in flowing robes and holding various fertility symbols. In some lore, occasionally identified as Tse-ring Chhe-nga.
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Tsun-gyi-rgyal-poOne of the Panchamaharajas. King of accomplishments or magic. He rides a white elephant. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Tsun-gyi-rgyal-po, Thok-chho, Thok-chho, Thahog-chos-rgyal-po, Thok Chho or Thok Chho.
TulkuThe physical body conjured up by a Buddha or a bodhisattva: a phantom. Occasionally known as Tulku, Trulku, Trulku, Rimpoche, Rimpoche or Guru Rimpoche.
UdhiliA Lamaist sorcerer. He was tutored by Karnari and was reputed to be able to fly. In some lore, occasionally identified as Udhili.
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YabThe Buddhist male principle: eternity. Occasionally identified as Yab, Chinese Yang, Chinese Yang, In, Yang, Japanese In, Japanese In, Yang or Yang.
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Yeces mGon-poA Buddhist guardian of knowledge. An aspect of Mahakala. Also identified as Yeces mGon-po, Mahakala, Mahakala, Tibetan Gon-Po Nag-Po or Mgon-po.
YogambaraA Buddhist god. An aspect of Vajradhara. Consort of Digambara. On occassion, called Yogambara.
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Yul-khor-srungThe Tibetan name for Dhritarashtra. (Dhartarashthra) as guardian of the east. Sometimes identified as 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.
YumThe Buddhist female principle: time. Sometimes called Yum, Chinese Yin, Chinese Yin, In-Yo, Um, Yo, Japanese Yo, Japanese Yo or Yin.
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ZampuThe Tree of Life which grows on the sacred mountain, Himavan. Occasionally called Zampu, Hindu Jambu, Hindu Jambu, Jambutri Shring, Zambu, Siberian Zambu, Siberian Zambu or Jambu.