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Deities According to Function (Buddhist)

Subjects, Topics & Types:
[1] Tibetan Medicine
[2] Tantric Medicine (substances)
[3] Tantric Healing (meditation, mantra, visualization)
[4] Yantra Yoga
[5] Rasayana
[5] Long Life Deities
[7] Purification Deities
[8] Cleansing Deities
[9] Healing Deities

Glossary List:
- Health, Healing & Longevity Deities
- Tibetan Medicine Glossary

There are deities and categories of deities for confession, purification, cleansing, healing in general, healing specific illnesses, naga illness, astrological illness, contagion, long-life, and immortality.

Vajrasattva is the principal Vajrayana deity for the purification of moral and ethical faults. For specific defilements and sickness there is also a wide range of specialized deities. Some deities are for contagious disease and others for non-contagious.

The subject of Tantric healing traditionally (not Tibetan Medicine) has two broad distinctions which overlap in many ways: [1] Purification and [2] Healing. These can further be sub-divided into the Four Activities of [1] Peaceful, [2] Increasing [3] Powerful and [4] Wrathful.

Jeff Watt 5-2000 [updated 6-2017, 2-2020]

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).