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Subject: Wrathful Appearance Page

Wrathful Appearance | Eleven Figurative Forms

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- Wrathful Appearance Explanation (below)
- Eleven Types of Deities
- Iconography Main Page
- Confusions
- Others...

Common Examples:
- Achala
- Amritakundali
- Begtse Chen
- Bhurkumkuta
- Dvajagrakeyura
- Ekajati
- Guru Drapo
- Guru Dragpur
- Hayagriva
- Humkara
- Mahakala
- Marichi (various forms)
- Nagaraksha
- Padmasambhava (various forms)
- Pehar
- Rahula
- Shri Devi
- Shri Shmashana Adhipati
- Vajrapani
- Vajrabhairava
- Vajradaka
- Vajrakilaya
- Vajramrita
- Vajravidarana (various forms)
- Yama Dharmaraja
- Yamari, Krishna & Rakta
- Others...

Wrathful Appearance is modelled after a raksha demon from the island of Lanka as described in the Ramayana and other early Indian literature. The body is short and squat the face angry with large bulging bloodshot eyes, a mouth gaping with a lolling tongue and large canine teeth bared. The hair is bristling upwards and the body is adorned with skulls, bone ornaments, snakes and animal skins, completely surrounded by the massive flames of wisdom fire. Some deities that are typically thought of as peaceful in appearance can also have wrathful forms, such as, Manjushri, Lokeshvara, Tara and Marichi. Not all of the possibilities have been list below.

The most famous and the generic of wrathful deities used in art as a model for the others is Krodha Vajrapani.

Jeff 6-2015 [updated 5-2017]