Vishnu with the King of Snakes, Shesha
- ca. 17th century
- Copper alloy
- Catalog Number
- C2003.21.2 (HAR 65231)
- Rubin Museum of Art
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 deities are the focus of esoteric religious practices (tantras) that aim to swiftly and radically transform a practitioner’s conventional understanding of reality.
Female tantric deities symbolize the wisdom aspect of the enlightened mind and and they can be peaceful or wrathful in appearance.
There are two kinds of deities that appear as wrathful, with flaming hair, bulging eyes, open mouths showing fangs, and garlands of severed heads.
Various religious practices now collectively called Hinduism worship a diverse group of gods (deva) and goddesses (devi).