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Pehar is an important protector deity in Tibetan Buddhism. The origins of the deity and the meaning of their name is unclear—legends claim that Pehar was an indigenous spirit tamed by Padmasambhava, or a deity from from Tangut lands in Eastern Central Asia that was defeated and brought to Tibet by the emperor Songtsen Gampo. Pehar is the main deity of the Nechung Oracle, Tibet’s most important state oracle.