By Thomas Marcotty
Dagger Blessing: The Tibetan Phurpa Cult : Reflections and fabrics
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In th e sense of the analogy m agic the effigy, the 'linga', ought to be the demon o f m isfortune which must be fought. And th a t is not in c o rre ct. But it is not c o rr e c t either. This im personation o f evil is manifold. F irstly it serves as a bait to lure th e demon recognizing him self in this drawing th e re b y so rt o f pouncing upon himself, th e effigy, and thus crashing into th e prison of th e triangular yantra. This is, however, only half the truth . Taking the opinion for g ran ted th a t the reflex of a bodily c r e a t u r e - demons having according to th e do ctrin e invisible bodies - is identi cal with w hat is re f le c te d , hence identical with the demon then the effigy would indeed be the demon itself.
The G o d -D a g g er < Iron P h u rp a c o a t e d with b rass and s a c r if ic ia l bowl. word for ’crocodile*. What is m e a n t h ere, however, is a m ythical m o n ster existing m e rely in our im agina tion not yet discovered by biologists. Above th e m ak ara head th e re is g enerally an ’e te rn a l knot*. This is a symbol o f luck o th erw ise known by th e nam e of ’Buddha’s intestines*. The handle consists e ith e r of a stylized lotus blos som. This applies for the m ore pe ac efu l daggers, or it consists of an o fte n five-pointed thun d erb olt applying to th e Phurpas of a more th re a te n in g n atu re .
During my wanderings through the dagger world 1 rarely found anything pointing to fem ales who had been in itia ted into th e Phurpa cult (31). The m onastic c o n sec ra tio n does not do any harm but it co n stitu te s no condition. Likewise th e Phurpa p ra c titio n e r need not observe any a sc e tic rules such as sexual abstinence or a ve g eta ria n diet (32). The m eetin g with dagger men, real magicians or conjurers, never tak es an uneasy or sinister course. They are mostly people of ple asant self-assuredness, humourous liveliness and cordial calm ness with whom one usually gets into conversation easily inspite o f the cultural dis ta n c e, provided th a t th e yellow-haired stra n g er succeeds in wiping th e already mentioned problem o ff th e table, nam ely the question why anyone should be in te re s te d in th e dagger c u lt w ithout desiring to e x ercise it.
Dagger Blessing: The Tibetan Phurpa Cult : Reflections and Materials by Thomas Marcotty