Read Our
Join Our
Radio Show
This online presentation of
The Lucky W Amulet Archive by catherine yronwode
is sponsored by the


6632 Covey Road, Forestville, California 95436
voice: 707-887-1521 / fax: 707-887-7128

Open 7 Days a Week, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Pacific Time
Be a Fan:
View Your



Nepal is a country at the crossroads between India and Tibet and thus the forms of worship found there contain elements of Indian Vedic and Tantric Hinduism as well as Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan Bon (animism). The diminutive Nepalese "masks" shown here are small papier mache hangings meant to be placed on walls, especially above or beside doors and windows, to invoke the aid of popular Hindu deities. In the style typical of Tibetan and Nepalese tantric hagiography, they are all wearing elaborate pointed crowns and displaying their open third eyes.

Given the nature of Asian polytheism, these images straddle the fine line between the invocation of gods and goddesses as luck bringers and the somewhat contrary use of devotionary images for protective magical purposes. When i have asked Neplaese vendors about them, i have been told that they are "guardians" or "fierce protectors," and so i assume that they function in much the same way that a crucifix or wall plaque of the Blessed Virgin Mary might in a Catholic home -- as a reminder of the need to pray, and as an apotropaic charm designed to avert misfortune from entering the premises.

The 3 inch x 3 inch mini-mask at the upper left represents Bhairab, the Nepalese version of Bhairava, a fierce, large-eyed, and mustached Indian god. Popular books on Hinduism generally explain Bhairava as a wrathful or protective "minor form" or "local form" of the ascetic-erotic-destructive "great god" Siva, but according to scholars, the worship of Bhairava probably arose independently from that of Siva and may even have predated it. Some Indian sects of saddhus (ascetics) who were once known to favour Bhairava as their tutelary deity have over the centuries gradually replaced the ultra-masculine or even demonic visage of this hairy, wrathful warrior with contemporary imagery of Siva as a benign, slender, youthful, beardless ascetic -- although the saddhus themselves still wear full, flowing facial hair in the manner of Bhairava. In modern India, vernacular images of Bhairava usually feature his large, watchful eyes and masculine mustache, but not the pointed fangs found in this Nepalese icon. These old-style Bhairava statues, stones, and plaques -- sometimes reduced to the mere schematic of two eyes and a mustache -- are often encountered in public spaces as village protectors. They may be set up as pathway icons or placed as boundary markers somewhat after the manner of an ancient Greek Herm. Bhairava masks are hung at doors and windows to guard the premises against natural disasters and intruders, especially burglars. They are also a featured decoration in the households of devotees who wish to worship Siva in his wrathful or fierce form.

The 3 inch x 3 inch mini-mask at the upper right represents a Nepalese goddess, Kurukulla or Red Tara, who is popularly identified by some Indians with the goddess Kali and by others with the goddess Durga in her wrathful or fierce form. There is scarcely enough room on my entire web site to identify and explain the long history of presumed and disputed interlinkages between the Saktiite, Saivite, and Tibetan Buddhist goddesses Durga, Kali, Parvati, Uma, Sati, Tara, Kurukulla, Candi, Ambika, et al, so it must suffice to say that Durga is a very fierce warrior-mother-protector goddess and Parvati is a loving wife-and-mother goddess. Naked, blood-thirsty, wild-haired Kali is seen by some of her devotees as the supreme god-head, by others as a mere battle-born "aspect" of the supreme god-head Durga, and by a third group as the "true form" (or, contrariwise, a "mere aspect") of Parvati or Durga in her/their role as the Shakti (energy) or consort of the supreme god-head Siva. Despite these cosmological inconsistencies, most of the wrathful Indian and Himalayan goddesses have in common an identification with blood sacrifices. In addition, many of their devotees attest to a deeply held belief that these goddesses are motherly and protective to any worshipers who can humbly surrender to them despite their fearful visages. Kurukulla/Kali masks are hung at doors and windows to protect family members. They are also a featured decoration in the households of devotees who wish to worship Durga, Kali, Parvati, Kurukulla, et al in a wrathful or fierce form.

Compared to the theological intricacies associated with the first two masks, the 3 1/2 inch x 3 1/2 inch mini-mask at the bottom is fairly straighforward: It represents Ganesha, the lucky elephant god of India, the son of Siva and a goddess identified variously as Durga or Parvati. The web page on Ganesha gives more details on his iconography and efficacy; his images in the form of posters, statuary, or masks such as this are hung on the walls or placed near doors and windows of homes and shops to invite luck, abundant fortune, paying customers, cheerful visitors, and family happiness. They are also a featured decoration in the households of devotees who wish to worship Ganesha as the opener of the way and the bringer of all good things in life.

To order Nepalese Wall Guardian Masks from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.

Hindu gods and goddesses appear or are described on the following Lucky W Amulet Archive web pages:


Search All Lucky Mojo and Affiliated Sites!

You can search our sites for a single word (like archaeoastronomy, hoodoo, conjure, or clitoris), an exact phrase contained within quote marks (like "love spells", "spiritual supplies", "occult shop", "gambling luck", "Lucky Mojo bag", or "guardian angel"), or a name within quote marks (like "Blind Willie McTell", "Black Hawk", "Hoyt's Cologne", or "Frank Stokes"):

Contact-the-Lucky-Mojo-Curio-Company-in-Forestville-California copyright © 1994-2014 catherine yronwode. All rights reserved.
Send your comments to:cat yronwode.
Did you like what you read here? Find it useful?
Then please click on the Paypal Secure Server logo and make a small
donation to catherine yronwode for the creation and maintenance of this site.





LUCKY MOJO is a large domain that is organized into a number of
interlinked web sites, each with its own distinctive theme and look.
You are currently reading


Here are some other LUCKY MOJO web sites you can visit:

Hoodoo in Theory and Practice by cat yronwode: an introduction to African-American rootwork
Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic by cat yronwode: a materia magica of African-American conjure
Lucky W Amulet Archive by cat yronwode: an online museum of worldwide talismans and charms
Sacred Sex: essays and articles on tantra yoga, neo-tantra, karezza, sex magic, and sex worship
Sacred Landscape: essays and articles on archaeoastronomy and sacred geometry
Freemasonry for Women by cat yronwode: a history of mixed-gender Freemasonic lodges
The Lucky Mojo Esoteric Archive: captured internet text files on occult and spiritual topics
Lucky Mojo Usenet FAQ Archive: FAQs and REFs for occult and magical usenet newsgroups
Aleister Crowley Text Archive: a multitude of texts by an early 20th century occultist
Lucky Mojo Magic Spells Archives: love spells, money spells, luck spells, protection spells, and more
      Free Love Spell Archive: love spells, attraction spells, sex magick, romance spells, and lust spells
      Free Money Spell Archive: money spells, prosperity spells, and wealth spells for job and business
      Free Protection Spell Archive: protection spells against witchcraft, jinxes, hexes, and the evil eye
      Free Gambling Luck Spell Archive: lucky gambling spells for the lottery, casinos, and races

Hoodoo and Blues Lyrics: transcriptions of blues songs about African-American folk magic
EaRhEaD!'S Syd Barrett Lyrics Site: lyrics by the founder of the Pink Floyd Sound
The Lesser Book of the Vishanti: Dr. Strange Comics as a magical system, by cat yronwode
The Spirit Checklist: a 1940s newspaper comic book by Will Eisner, indexed by cat yronwode
Fit to Print: collected weekly columns about comics and pop culture by cat yronwode
Eclipse Comics Index: a list of all Eclipse comics, albums, and trading cards

Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course with cat yronwode: 52 weekly lessons in book form
Hoodoo Conjure Training Workshops: hands-on rootwork classes, lectures, and seminars
Lucky Mojo Community Forum: an online message board for our occult spiritual shop customers
Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Hour Radio Show: learn free magic spells via podcast download
Lucky Mojo Videos: see video tours of the Lucky Mojo shop and get a glimpse of the spirit train
Lucky Mojo Newsletter Archive: subscribe and receive discount coupons and free magick spells
Follow Us on Facebook: get company news and product updates as a Lucky Mojo Facebook Fan

The Lucky Mojo Curio Co.: spiritual supplies for hoodoo, magick, witchcraft, and conjure
Lucky Mojo Publishing: books on magic with herbs, roots and candles, sugar spells, bone divination, and more!
Herb Magic: complete line of Lucky Mojo Herbs, Minerals, and Zoological Curios, with sample spells
Mystic Tea Room Gift Shop: antique, vintage, and contemporary fortune telling tea cups

catherine yronwode: the eclectic and eccentric author of many of the above web pages
nagasiva yronwode: tyaginator, nigris (333), nocTifer, lorax666, boboroshi, Troll, !
Garden of Joy Blues: former 80 acre hippie commune near Birch Tree in the Missouri Ozarks
Liselotte Erlanger Glozer: illustrated articles on collectible vintage postcards
Jackie Payne: Shades of Blues: a San Francisco Bay Area blues singer

Lucky Mojo Site Map: the home page for the whole Lucky Mojo electron-pile
All the Pages: descriptive named links to about 1,000 top-level Lucky Mojo web pages
How to Contact Us: we welcome feedback and suggestions regarding maintenance of this site
Make a Donation: please send us a small Paypal donation to keep us in bandwidth and macs!

Arcane Archive: thousands of archived Usenet posts on religion, magic, spell-casting, mysticism, and spirituality
Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers: psychic reading, conjure, and hoodoo root doctor services
Candle Ministry: Missionary Independent Spiritual Church deacons will set lights for your petitions and prayers
Candles and Curios: essays and articles on traditional African American conjure and folk magic, plus shopping
Crystal Silence League: online prayer request network; upload your prayers here and pray for the welfare of others
Gospel of Satan: the story of Jesus and the angels, from the perspective of the God of this World
Hoodoo Psychics: connect online or call 1-888-4-HOODOO for instant readings now from a member of AIRR
Missionary Independent Spiritual Church: spirit-led, inter-faith; prayer-light services; Smallest Church in the World
Mystic Tea Room: tea leaf reading, teacup divination, and a museum of antique fortune telling cups
Satan Service: an archive presenting the theory, practice, and history of Satanism and Satanists
Southern Spirits: 19th and 20th century accounts of hoodoo, including ex-slave narratives & interviews
Spiritual Spells: lessons in folk magic and spell casting from an eclectic Wiccan perspective, plus shopping
Yronwode Home: personal pages of catherine yronwode and nagasiva yronwode, magical archivists
Yronwode Institution: the Yronwode Institution for the Preservation and Popularization of Indigenous Ethnomagicology