By Thomas Marcotty
Dagger Blessing: The Tibetan Phurpa Cult : Reflections and fabrics
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In th e p ast th e Phurpa was also used as a w eap on in defense of th e wild yak (51). Next the Phurpa was in use for speed-walking. By this we must understand leaping in long jumps on uneven or stony ground. This was done for the purpose of shortening long tim es of walking. The speed -w alk er as is re p o rted (52) thereb y holds the Phurpa with the fingers of his right hand by th e upper end, th e blade pointing v ertica lly down. The adept puts him self into a s t a t e of mind sim ilar to tr a n c e and bounds, forward in long leaps.
To pay his bill out o f the crow n tre a s u ry providing he, th e dagger man, would only pull his Phurpa out of th e ground and let the sun continue its journey. And so it happens: P a d m a d ep a rts w ithout paying (55). The p roper or fie rce exorcism s have not very much in com m on w ith such pic tu resqu e legends. They are mainly solem nized according to rules valid for p rac tic ally all highly developed rituals. They consist of a t le ast th re e phases: n a tivity, crisis (in this c o n te x t am ounting to cli max) and thirdly the dissolution.
The ritual is te rm in a te d by thanksgiving to the Buddhas, the gurus, as well as the helpful deities. So much as to th e basic p a t te r n of th e ritu a l (56). As seen by the onlooker th e exorcism c erem on y falls into two main parts: the prep aration and th e ac tu a l ritual with the stress being c learly on the p rep aratio n . The dag ger p ra ctitio n er must c r e a t e a suitable social environm ent. He has to g a th e r his instrum ents, find a convenient place, and d eterm in e an auspicious d ate, provide for th e music, supply the ingredients, produce the effigies, and p rep are the 'prison', the y an tra, where the adverse demon is to be jailed.
Dagger Blessing: The Tibetan Phurpa Cult : Reflections and Materials by Thomas Marcotty