Ritual Implement

Ritual Implement

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    Many of these ritual implements also occur as hand-held attributes of various important Buddhist deities.
    In the hands of wrathful and semi-wrathful deities, protective deities, the siddhas and the dakinis, these implements became pure symbols, weapons of transformation, and an expression of the deities' wrathful compassion, which mercilessly destroys the manifold illusions of the inflated human ego.

    Some of the important ritual implements are:

    The Vajra or Thunderbolt, also known in Tibetan as dorje.
    The Bell, known in Sanskrit as the Ghanta, and in Tibetan as dril bu.
    The Phurpa (Ritual Dagger)
    The Skull Cup, known as kapala in Sanskrit.
    The Curved Knife or Chopper.
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