Dear Gentle Reader,
Today is a follow-up to the post on germ warfare and the bags of diseases, the body bag bombs, that the Mongols used.
Nobody asked, but I am guessing somebody out there wants to ask what those body bags looked like.
Your scribe comes prepared because Monday's post relates to things that your heroine and scribe learned while researching our trip to
. Tibet last year
The image at that start of Monday's post, and today's post, is a Tibetan Buddhist Bag of Diseases, one of the five weapons of Sri Devi as she fights evil and the opponents of Buddhism.
Guess why that guy is tied in a knot...
Guess what his (now) bag-like shape contains...
And you thought all Buddhists were gentle...
So don't forget to put money in that bowl when you pass a saffron-robed monk or a nun in grey...
But wait, why do the Mongols have anything to do with Tibet? Besides the fact that their territories were alongside each other.
And besides the fact that both, and what became Modern China, would control or greatly affect each other, as relative power waxed or waned in the region.
And besides the fact that the Dalai Lama's position and title was allegedly granted to the first Dalai Lama by a Mongolian.
Kublai Khan had converted to Buddhism to have a universal religion to bind Tibet, Mongolia, and China. In 1578 a descendant of Kublai Khan, Altan Khan, an aggressor against China, proclaimed a Tibetan Lama to be "Dalai" (Ocean in Mongolian, symbolizing supreme leader and the Dalai Lama has since been linked with supreme secular power in Tibet). In return, the Tibetan Lama proclaimed Altan Khan to be the reincarnation of Kublai Khan (Ghengis Khan's grandson).
OK, so that is the connection, and that is why we found depicitions of body bags in Tibet.
Body bags were used by Sri Devi to combat enemies of Buddhism and Buddhist concepts. While Sri Devi, as a mythological figure, used them figuratively I am guessing that earlier Tibetans, like the Mongolians, used them literally.
If you enjoyed Monday's and today's posts, you could, as always, mention them to your friends; make them viral...
With smiles from across the water, and a raised, chocolate-covered mango margarita...
Chris, Regina, and Pommes with a paw covering his mouth