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Gyantse Kumbum stupa of 100,000 deities, Tibet | by reurinkjan
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Gyantse Kumbum stupa of 100,000 deities, Tibet

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The great octagonal stupa of Gyantse, one of Tibet`s outstsnding artistic achievements - was built and decorated between 1427-1439 by Prince Rabten Kunzang Phak in the style known as Tashi Gomang or Kumbum, which combines a terraced stupa exterior with multi-layered interior chapels. Rising 35 m high, the stupa is said to have 108 gates, nine storeys (including the base) and 75 chapels. One tradition identifies the 108 gates with the nine storeys, representing space, multiplied by the 12 astrological signs, representing time. Within the 75 chapels, the images form a progressive hierarchy of three-dimensional mandalas, as outlined in the Sakyapa compilation known as the Drubtob Gyatsa, ensuring that the stupa encapsulates within it the entire spiritual path and successive stages of the tantras.

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Taken on September 8, 2011