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Citipati

The Citipati or “Lords of the Cemetery” are mythological Buddhist ascetics, who were so deep in meditation, they were caught unawares by a thief and beheaded even before they knew they were dead. Symbolically, the Citipati represent the eternal dance of death, and perfect awareness. They are usually depicted as a male/female pair of skeletons intertwined in an ecstatic dance. The dance of the Citipati is commemorated twice annually in Tibet with ritual ceremony believed to ward off evil spirits. The Citipati invoked as ‘wrathful deities,’ benevolent protectors who appear as fierce beings with a demonic appearance. 

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