Learn about the art and objects from Himalayan cultural regions and the visual language (iconography) used to convey the meanings of figures and symbols representing religious ideas and concepts.
The Buddha, meaning awakened person, referred first to Shakyamuni, whose teachings became the foundation of Buddhism.
Bodhisattvas aspire to become awakened like the Buddha and are dedicated to helping others achieve enlightenment.
Tantric DeitiesRead more
Tantric deities are the focus of esoteric religious practices (tantras) that aim to swiftly and radically transform a practitioner’s conventional understanding of reality.
Female DeitiesRead more
Female tantric deities symbolize the wisdom aspect of the enlightened mind and and they can be peaceful or wrathful in appearance.
Wrathful DeitiesRead more
There are two kinds of deities that appear as wrathful, with flaming hair, bulging eyes, open mouths showing fangs, and garlands of severed heads.
Relationship of Buddhist and Hindu DeitiesRead more
Buddhist and Hindu traditions spread side by side in the same communities in India and Nepal, and some of the deities in the two religions are associated with similar myths.
Hindu Gods and GoddessesRead more
Various religious practices now collectively called Hinduism worship a diverse group of gods (deva) and goddesses (devi).
Legendary and historical humans, including teachers and accomplished masters, are a popular subject of Himalayan art.