In the tantric deities’ sublime realm, all beings are transformed from their ordinary state in order to carry out enlightened activity for the benefit of others. The Deer represents a male protector deity whose movements call forth the disruptive forces to spiritual development.
This dance consists of four sections:
- Inviting the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
- Making offerings to them
- Displaying fierce movements to overcome the obstacles
- Requesting the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to return to their own abodes
The deer dance was very popular in Tibet because the deer-headed deity was heralded as a great protector.
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