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(fl. 1st millennium ce)

One of two subdivisions of the Śaiva atimārga tradition, the other being the Pāśupata, of which the Lākula was a more radical development. Composed entirely of ascetics who identified themselves with Rudra as brahmin-killer and outsider, the Lākula distinguished itself by its adherence to cremation ground culture and the bearing of skull bowls (kapāla) and skull-topped staffs (khaṭvāṅgas). It accepted the basic teachings of the Pāśupata Sūtra, but its own canonical texts have not survived. See also Kālāmukha.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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