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Dorje Rolangma the Undead

This is a rare thanka of Dorje Rolangma rdo rje ro lang ma) known as Vajravetali in Sanskrit and means vampire or zombie. In her yellow form she belongs to a group of eight female wrathful manifestations. The eight wrathful females or eight gaurima (Skt. gaurī; Tib. gaurima; Wyl. gau ri ma brgyad) are counted among the mandala of the fifty-eight wrathful deities. They are:

Gauri (Skt. Gaurī; Wyl. ko'u ri)
Pukkasi (Skt. Pukkasī; Wyl. pus ka si)
Chaurimatrika (Skt. Caurī; Wyl. tso'u ri)
Ghasmari (Skt. Ghasmarī; Wyl. kas ma ri)
Pramoha (Skt. Pramohā; Wyl. pra mo)
Chandali (Skt. Caṇḍālī; Wyl. tsan dha li)
Vetali (Skt. Vetālī; Wyl. be'e ta li)
Shmashani (Skt. Śmaśānī; Wyl. sme sha ni).

These eight Gauri are central to the concise mandala of Hevajra too.
Other forms are mainly of blue color with two or four hands being the yum or partner of Vajrapani, Mahakala or Vajrabhairava etc.
Vetali is a mahakali who has been a traditional protectress of the Practice Lineage since the time of Naropa and Marpa. She is dark blue with red hair and four arms, wearing a skull crown and bone ornaments, seated on a saddle of human bone and a saddle cloth of human skin. She has chains around her ankles. She rides over a blood lake on a donkey marked with a white blaze. She is the consort of Four-Armed Mahakala.

It is said that when Vetali lived in the realm of the gods, she was very naughty, perpetrating all kinds of pranks and generally upsetting things. This disturbed the king of gods, as well as Yama, Lord of Death. Trying to uphold the orderly functioning of the kingdom, they arrested this daughter of unpredictability and threw her in chains. She escaped on the back of her donkey. When an arrow from the pursuing armies wounded the donkey in its left hind quarter, the wound transformed itself into an eye, which represents her watchfulness to defeat any kind of obstacle to her activity.

the photo was provided on Nida Chenagtsang page Tummo without any explanation.

from ramanandan
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