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Bon Deity: Purba Drugse Chempa

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--- Holding Five Pegs
--- Holding Various Attributes
- Three Traditions
- Five Excellent Ones of the Se Fortress
- Bon Purba (Peg)
- Deities with a Kila Lower Body
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- Winged Deities Page
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- Purba Drugse Chempa
- Winged Deities Chronological List

Tibetan: Purba Drugse Chempa (phur pa 'brug g.sas chem pa).

Main Characteristics:
- Wrathful Deity
- Holding a Peg
- Peg Lower Body
- Wings Outstretched

Purba Drugse Chempa (English: the Peg). From the set of five main tutelary deities of the Father Tantras, Purba represents activity. Fierce and raging, blue in colour with three faces, the central face is blue, right white and left red. Each face has three round glaring eyes, a gaping mouth with canine teeth exposed and dark yellow hair flowing upward like flames. The two main hands hold a double yungdrung scepter and a purba at the heart embracing the consort - maroon in colour with one face and two hands. The remaining hands extend to the sides holding an axe, a symbol of the universe and two purbas. Unfurled behind are wings with blue tips stretching upward to the sky. The lower body is in the shape of a purba, extending from the mouth of a mythological water creature (T. chusing), with three blades descending to a single point impaling two figures beneath. Atop a sun disc and multi-coloured lotus blossom, he stands completely surrounded by the brightly burning orange flames of pristine awareness.

Jeff Watt 1-2000 [updated 6-2017]

Publications & Links:

A Bon tantric approach to the senses: the evidence from Khu tsha zla ’od’s Black Pillar (Ka ba nag po man ngag rtsa ba’i rgyud). Robert Mayer. Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines 50. 2019.

Bon, Buddhism and the Coproduction of Religion in early Tibet. Robert Mayer. Ceres.

The Bon Ka ba nag po and the Rnying ma phur pa tradition. Cathy Cantwell and Rob Mayer. https://himalaya.socanth.cam.ac.uk.

A Brief Note on the Northern Treasures of the Bon Tradition. Jean-Luc Achard. HAL Open Science.

Bon Po Hidden Treasures: A Catalogue of Gter Ston Bde Chen Gling Pa's Collected Revelations. Jean-Luc Achard. Brill, 2004.

Ka ba nag po ma ngag rtsa ba'i rgyud. gter ston Khu tsha zla 'od.

rDo rje phur bu chos thams cad mya ngan las 'das pa.