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Lion Throne

Lion Throne Centre Vairocana White or Blue Ether Lion http://www.jyh.dk/indengl.htm#Tibetan%20Buddhism http://www.khandro.net/about_numbers.htm Great Lion Throne Made of Gems There is a beautiful island, scented by fragrant breezes, with a multitude of gardens, lakes and bowers and there Shri Shri Lalita Devi resides. Before you enter through the great curtain you must pass through four gates, to the east, south, west and north of Her lion throne. Her canopy is also a hidden gate. This symbolism has some similarities to Shiva with his five faces. http://www.religiousworlds.com/mandalam/island.htm The lion was sacred to the mother of the gods, because she was the divinity of the earth, and because the lion is the strongest and most important of all animals on earth, in addition to which it was believed that the countries in which the goddess was worshipped, abounded in lions (comp. Ov. Met. x. 682). In Greece the oak was sacred to Rhea (Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod. i. 1124). The highest ideal of Rhea in works of art was produced by Pheidias; she was seldom represented in a standing posture, but generally seated on a throne, adorned with the mural crown, from which a veil hangs down. Lions usually appear crouching on the right and left of her throne, and sometimes she is seen riding in a chariot drawn by lions. Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology http://www.theoi.com/Titan/TitanisRhea.html
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