Shambhala and the Prague Thangka : The Myth’s Visual Representation

Authors

BĚLKA Luboš

Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Cross-Currents : East Asian History and Culture Review (e-journal)
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
Web https://cross-currents.berkeley.edu/e-journal/issue-31/belka
Keywords Shambhala; Thangka; Myth; Visual Representation; Tibetan Buddhism
Description The article addresses the visual aspects of the Shambhala myth in Inner Asia, in particular Mongolia, Amdo, and Buryatia. The last Shambhala king, Raudracakrin, is usually depicted in two basic forms: either as a quiet, Nirvanic ruler on the throne in Kalapa, the capital of Shambhala, or as an angry, wrathful, and merciless military commander in the last battle of Shambhala.
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