Kali in her Buddhist form is Lhamo, she was the bride of the King of Demons and Cannibals known as Shunje, whose demons were called Dudpos. She left her husband for a time and killed her own son. She flayed him and used his skin as a saddle cloth, drank his blood using his skull cap and ate of his flesh. In some traditions Lhamo is called Remati, and she is depicted with Red Hair to represent her fiery nature and has a garland of human heads.
She rides through on a mule or horse, a sea of boiling blood and entrails, made to appease her. Her hair is said to have a peacock feather. Her skin is dark blue just as her Hindu manifestation Kali, they are both identical in manifestation except Lhamo was said to be among the Himalayas, instead of the cremation grounds of India. Lhamo has two servitors who travel with her, a lion headed guardian known as Simhavakrtra and a Dakini. She is also described as being covered in ashes and human fat, she has three bloodshot eyes and holds a sandlewood club which often depicts a Vajra symbol. It is not uncommon to see Lhamo featured with a flaying blade called a Kartrika, swords or noose made of human entrails.
It is considered that cremation grounds in India5 are generally West of the towns. West is symbolic as the direction of Night, Darkness and the Ocean or abyss. In the circle the West is usually dedicated to Leviathan, Azael (the Angel of Death, a form of Azazil) or in Egyptian modern workings Anubis. The chamber of the Sex Magician may have the west focused as the altar or as a symbolic graveyard, with bones or images of Death. While you may use the direction of North as the primary altar, West may be reserved for the darker explorations of Sexual Magick. The patron animals of Kali are found in cremation grounds - jackals, crows and other animals which feed from the corpses of the dead.
The steed in which Lhamo rides is called Makaravaktra, meaning roughly a sea-monster faced being, similar to a form of the western Leviathan. Lhamo guides Makaravaktra with reins made of venomous serpents through oceans of blood, called in Tibetan names of khram-mtsho or rakta'I rgya-mtsho. Often this blood is referred to as menstrual blood, representing her as a manifestation of Az. Those who practice vampiric sexual rituals based on the ensorcelling of Lhamo and Kali would
5 The Art of Tantra — Philip Rawson, Thames and Hudson.
utilize the skull bowl and various instruments, building and focusing Chi and absorbing the victim through the noose and rite of vampirism in a symbolic sense.
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