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Kartika, Tibetan riute axe, knife

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Kartika, Tibetan riute axe, knife-kartikaVajra

Antique, Tibetan riute axe, knife

Origin Nepal

Dimensions: 11 x 8 cm

Other names kartri, katari, Tib. gri-gug, trigug or drigug

A knife or hatchet for ritual purposes used in the tantric ceremonies of Buddhism of The Tajrayana. It is referred to as 'one of the most characteristic attributes of angry Tantric deities.'  Also known as the 'dakini knife'.

The blade is flat and pointed, with a curved hook on its outer edge, which allows for crushing when cutting, scraping and pulling. (the classic shape of a meat knife)
Its handle is attached to the upper edge of the blade either through a leafy gold stand or a wide open mouth on a golden reel, and the top of the handle is sealed by half a veyra.
The traditional interpretation of the hook is that of the 'hook of compassion'. It extracts creatures from the cycles of transmigration, as well as pulling out of suffering, refracting the egocentric while guided by the diamond clarity of the weira.
The picture is used to symbolize the interruption of all material and secular relationships and is often crowned with the vaira(vajra) which is said to destroy ignorance and thus lead to enlightenment.
Another more nuanced interpretation says that 'a map is the separation of impurities (klesha avarana) from knowledge (jneya avarana) that interfere with the path of enlightenment.'
In general, a picture is used to cut human eclipses, including 'pride, lack of faith, lack of devotion, distraction, inattention and boredom' to advance the spiritual path,
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  • Product Code: kartikaVajra
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  • Department: Home Decor
  • 27.41 $

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