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Bhairava (“Horrific”) is one of the most widely worshipped deities of all of Asia. He has been venerated by Hindus in South Asia since the 5th century CE and was also worshipped by Hindus in Southeast Asia in the medieval period. Under the name of Vajrabhairava, he has been an important tantric Buddhist deity in Tibet and Mongolia since the 14th century, and he figures in medieval Buddhist tantric manuscr…

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White, David Gordon, “Bhairava”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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