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(Tib.; Skt., kīla).

Term for a ritual implement used in tantric Buddhism to pin down and subdue demonic forces. Originally a simple peg, stake or even a large acacia thorn, the phurba in Tibetan Buddhism takes the form of a three-sided dagger surmounted with the head of a wrathful being usually viewed as Vajrakīla.

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