Bon Deity Trowo Tsochog Khagying


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253

The deity Trowo Tsochog Khagying (Wrathful Supreme Lord Towering in the Sky) is worshipped by followers of the Bon religion, a tantric tradition similar to Tibetan Buddhism but distinguished by its emphasis on sacrifice. Embodying infinite power and ferocity, Trowo Tsochog Khagying is one of five fortress meditation deities associated with the Father Tantras of Bon. He is seen here embracing his fierce consort, Khala Dugmo, and together they clear the pathway of spiritual liberation. Like many Bon deities, he is associated with death and conveying the departed to a rewarding afterlife.

Bon Deity Trowo Tsochog Khagying, Distemper, ink, and gold on cloth, Tibet

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