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A "Shiva Bhairava" from India, Karnataka, Mysore, 13th century, The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund. For tantric yogis, the Hindu deity Bhairava was both transcendent guru and the god they became through initiation and practice. Like Bhairava, they haunted cremation grounds, which provided the ashes they smeared on their bodies and the skull cups that they carried. From "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C., Oct 19-Jan 26, 2014.

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