In Sanskrit referred to as Panchakapala, the Crown of Five Skulls was worn by many of the vampiric deities of the darker avenues of Buddhism. This symbol represents mastery. It was said Lhamo received hers from the cannibal demon king Dashagriva when she married him and took to eating human flesh and drinking blood. When Lhamo left the demon king she took a bag of diseases and rode his dragon-like mule from Shri Lanka, his old kingdom. Over time she dwelled in cremation grounds, her skin growing black and her hunger changing her appearance to a demoness. Lhamo became the most powerful goddess of the cremation grounds, she wield a sword of fire and destroy those whom she regarded as enemies.
In the Tibetan Bon, the ancient magical traditions before Buddhism provide a powerful and detailed study of magical power in the Himalayas which later became a form of Buddhism.
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