Miranda Shaw

Vasudara's golden hue signifies her power to beestow agricultural plenty. She displays a stalk of newly ripened rice, the staff of life in South Asia.

Magazine History & Philosophy

Mothers of Liberation

Voluptuous tree spirits, maternal nurturers, potent protectors, and dancing female Buddhas—the Indo-Himalayan Buddhist world abounds with goddesses of amazing diversity. Miranda Shaw reveals some of the many powers, symbols, and stories of this often overlooked and misunderstood pantheon.

By Miranda Shaw
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