Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Magyal Pomra & Shenlha Okar


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Amnye Machen: a mountain god of the Amdo region of north eastern Tibet.

Tibetan: Ma chen pom ra

Magyal Pomra (Wyl. rma rgyal spom ra), also known as Machen Pomra or Amnye Machen (a myes rma chen), is a mountain range in the Golok area of Eastern Tibet and the protector deity associated with it.

Handsome in appearance with one face and two hands he holds upraised in the right a long spear with a fluttering pendent. The left holds to the side a golden treasure vase. Attired in the garb of a warrior, a helmet crowns the head and armor protects the torso, arms and legs. Bright coloured garments loosely worn are caught by the wind and unfurl upward. A bow and full quiver of arrows hang at the waist. Riding on the back of a white snow lion with a green mane, atop a leopard skin mat, he sits surrounded by a circle of rainbow light - also enclosing the mountain named Machen Pomra above.

At the top center is the primordial deity Shenlha Okar, peaceful, white, with the hands in meditation posture. At the left is a figure wearing monastic robes and a hat. At the right is a white Kandroma (Sky Goer) holding a curved knife and skullcup, standing in a dancing posture. At the right and left corners sit deity figures.

Directly below are two main attendant figures similarly enclosed in spheres of rainbow light. Mounted on horses, attendants numbering twenty-eight stand at the sides and below, also a monk with a yellow hat riding a bird, four figures in red cloaks standing at the bottom and numerous wild animals.

Worldly Protector (Buddhist) - Machen Pomra

"Mountain Gods and Goddesses of Tibet and the Himalayan regions are spirits indigenous to a specific geographic region and considered worthy of worship by the local populace. The gods can be considered Bon, Buddhist or regional - equally worshiped by all. The more famous of the gods have been incorporated into religious traditions, losing their local flavour, and worshiped throughout Tibet and the Himalayas.

It can be difficult to classify Mountain Gods and Local Deities as to their status as living beings or entities. They are certainly not human and they don't readily fit into the Buddhist description of the Wheel of Life concept coming from the Abhidharma. They are not gods of the Gods Realm, nor are they animals or hell beings. They seem to fit closest to the Ghost Realm, although not exactly hungry ghosts living in a vast empty, dusty, wind swept expanse.


October 2012

John Hopkins....Northern New Mexico


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