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P & C December 1998
- Face Music / Albi

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Bukh - Buffalo, (also bull or ox)




The mythical animals include: bull (also water ox), deer, garuda, monkey, and tiger.

Meaning:
- He is a servant of Yama (and also of Mahäkäla). He rules over the evil gnomes, and he is probably a relic from the prehistoric times of manhood when animals were worshipped in general and when they were attributed magic power.

Characteristics:

  • - black or dark blue face colour
  • - buffalo head (Bukh) or also bull head (Makhi)
  • - two little horns with a jewel fulfilling wishes or a crown made from skulls inbetween
  • - blue costume with multi-coloured ornamentation on the sleeves and yellow trousers withblack ornaments

Attributes:
- In one hand he holds a magic mace, in the other one a blue miniature ox mask.

Dance:
- Very fast, building up to ecstasies.

   
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P & C Face Music - Ulaanbaatar, September / October 1999 - Albi
English translation: Hermelinde Steiner

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