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གྲུལ་བུམ། | Glossary of Terms

    གྲུལ་བུམ།

    grul bum

    kumbhāṇḍa

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A class of dwarf beings subordinate to Virūḍhaka, one of the Four Great Kings, associated with the southern direction. The name uses a play on the word āṇḍa, which means “egg” but is also a euphemism for a testicle. Thus, they are often depicted as having testicles as big as pots (from khumba, or “pot”).