Verzückung der Hl. Teresa von Avila, Lorenzo Bernini
L'Estasi di Santa Teresa d'Avila (1647 – 1652)
Michelangelo di Buonarroti Simoni (1499)
Hart wie ich bin, weiß ich nur Eins:
Palden Lhamo - The Goddess Who Rides on a Sea of Blood
Palden Lhamo is said to have been married to a bloodthirsty warring king who refused all her entreaties to stop his wanton killing. She finally issued an ultimatum: if he wouldn’t stop the killing, she would personally slay their child so the king would experience for himself the pain that his warring caused to others. He did not stop, she carried out her threat, and his loss finally did bring him to a halt. She is thus depicted carrying her dead son’s body with her on her mule, showing that she will stop at nothing to achieve peace. As the goddess mounted a mule (covered with the flayed skin of her son) to flee the kingdom, the king aimed an arrow in her direction, hitting the mule's haunch. Shridevi removed the arrow and magically transformed the wound into an eye, thus augmenting her powers to see and watch over the realms of the Buddhist faith.
The mule she is riding upon gallops furiously over a sea of blood. She is largely naked and adorned with a necklace made up of freshly severed heads. From her saddle hangs a pouch with dice. Indeed her initiation is held to be a gateway to divinatory powers, and she can be invoked by practitioners of the Tibetan system of divination known as mo, which involves the use of dice. There is also a lake calle Lhamo Latso, to the south-east of Lhasa, whose reflections are said to reveal the future.
Palden Lhamo als Shri Devi repräsentiert die dunklen Kräfte des Großen Mutter-Aspektes im Leben. Im Buddhismus ergriff sie eine beschützende Machtfunktion, um die zerstörerischen Kräfte der Ich-Bezogenheit zu bezwingen. Speziell in Tibet könnte sie alte einheimische, mit der Boen-Tradition verbundene weibliche Gottheiten verdrängt haben.
The Lament for Icarus, Herbert Draper, 1898, Tate Gallery