about Sky Dancers
Sky Dancer is another name for Dakini or the male counterpart Daka.
In the Tibetan language the Sanskrit term dakini is rendered Khandroma (mkha’-‘gro-ma) meaning “she who traverses the sky” or “she who moves in space”; this is sometimes rendered poetically as “sky dancer” or “sky walker”.
According to Campbell, “Iconographic representations tend to show the dakini as a young, naked figure in a dancing posture, often holding a skullcup (kapala) filled with menstrual blood or the elixir of life in one hand, and a curved knife (kartika) in the other. She may wear a garland of human skulls, with a trident staff leaning against her shoulder. Her hair is usually wild and hanging down her back, and her face often wrathful in expression, as she dances on top of a corpse, which represents her complete mastery over ego and ignorance.”
The male Sky Dancer is called a Daka. Other names for Dakinis or Dakas are “space-goer,” “celestial being,” or “cloud fairy.”
One of the roles of a dakini is as a wisdom protector. In Vajrayana Buddhism or “esoteric” Buddhism, the enlightened dakini is the third of 3 Roots. She is the conduit — even sometimes the very matrix or source — of enlightenment and auspiciousness.
As such, she is the one who conceals, or the one who recovers, spiritual communications, texts and other objects called terma. Her participation and co-operation is often required for interpretation of prophesies, signs and portents. Dakinis utilize a form of writing that is subtle and mysterious, so the dakini also plays an essential role in the interpretation of these objects or texts known as termas.
About theCloud Images used in the Blog’s banner and Bugs.
Parts of the work “Rainbow Cloud Study” were used in creating Sky Dancing Blog’s imagery. Tashi Mannox–like the blog founder–is a student of Vajrayana Buddhism. This original art work can be found on the artist’s web studio. His spiritual journey is also recorded there. He was featured in Asian Art Newspaper in 2002. We appreciate his gift of inspiration to us and invite you to visit his gallery.
Illuminated Iconographic Tibetan Calligraphy
Rainbow Cloud Study
51×61 cm 2006.
Acrylic on stretched canvas
A study of typical Tibetan rainbow clouds, that feature in Thanka painting, temple decoration and silk brocades.
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