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(Tib.).

A tutelary deity associated with tantric Buddhism. The image and attributes of the deity are appropriated and used during personal meditation (sādhana) for the purpose of transformation through self-identification. Examples of yi-dams include Cakra-saṃvara.Hayagrīva.Heruka.Mahākāla.Vajrabhairava.and Vajrayoginī.all of whom have a distinctive iconography and are the object of cultic practices such as rites of propitiation.

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