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  Red Dakini

 

China

This malevolent Red Dakini has a red complexion, a third eye or urna in the middle of the forehead, and wears a necklace of human skulls, as well as a crown decorated with five human crania. She also carries a staff topped with a human skull and two severed heads, one blue ‒the other green. She feeds on human flesh and drinks from a kapala, i.e. a cup made from a human skull, and filled with blood (fig.). Here she is surrounded by a decorative frame of red flames (fig.), while her eyebrows are also in the form of flames.