The Sky-Walkers!

In Eastern tradition there are a class of beings known as the Dakini that manifest from the void as pure energy and thought form that some see as wrathful and dangeous, to be avoided, while there are schools of practise that seek total assimilation with them.

In Tibetan Buddhism khandroma is a type of female spirit. The name translates as ‘she who traverses the sky’ or ‘she who moves in space’ or, more poetically, as ‘sky walker’ or ‘sky dancer It translates the tantric concept of dakini , derived from a figure of medieval Hindu legend , a female imp in the train of Kali who feeds on human flesh They are comparable to malevolent or vengeful female spirits, deities, imps or fairies in other cultures.

Although dakini figures appear in Hinduism and in the Bön tradition, dakinis occur most notably in Vajrayana Buddhism and play a particular role in Tibetan Buddhism. There the dakini, generally of volatile or wrathful temperament, acts somewhat as spiritual muse (or inspirational thoughtforms) for spiritual practice.

Dakinis basically represent manifestations of energy in female form, the movement of energy in space. In this context, the sky or space indicates Shunyata, the insubstantiality of all phenomena, which is, at the same time, the pure potentiality for all possible manifestations. And the movements of their dance signify the movements of thoughts and the energy spontaneously emerging from the nature of mind therefore, they are usually depicted as dancing.

There are much earlier parallels to this in Near Eastern thought with regards to the Cult of Inanna who had under her control a class of vengeful spirits that could enter in through the window at night and cause derangement of mind, the archetype of the succubus, but then again there were also classes of spirit that it was seem as desirable to be possesed by, the supplicant asks for the protection of the Sedu which precedes the goddess, and the lamassu which follows her

“may a Sedu spirit and a lamassu spirit be attached to me”

“at the casting of her eyes flourish well-being, pride, splendor, lamassu (and) Sedu spirits.”

In Tantric practise progression is toward the Dakini becoming corporeal.

The secret class of dakini is Prajnaparamita or voidness, the empty nature of reality.

The inner class of dakini is the dakini of the mandala, a meditational deity.

The outer dakini is the physical form of the dakini, attained by Tantric practices that work with the winds of the subtle body.

Outer-outer dakini is a dakini in human form, being associated with energy in all its functions.

There was thought to be a land were the Dakini originated from, or at least the spiritual practises associated with them, were generally they delighted in Dakini type activities.

Oḍḍiyāna is either conflated or identified with Shambhala, a land inhabited by dakinis and inaccessible to or by ordinary mortals – a beyul “hidden land”

At certain times, the Dakinis, riding through the sky on the backs of wild animals and led by their queen, gather in the cemetery or cremation ground on the mountain and dance naked around their bubbling cauldron. The predominant symbolism here is lunar rather than solar; it is nighttime rather than daytime. The symbolism is chthonic, belonging to the earth and the underworld, rather than celestial and belonging to heaven. In general, the iconography of the Anuttara Tantras is characterized by the presence of these witches or Dakinis and by these demonic wrathful deities. In the Lower Tantras, wrathful deities occasionally appear, but they play a secondary and subservient role as body-guards and doorkeepers. However, in the Anuttara Tantras these banned figures come to step forward and stand in the center of the Mandala

Generally if any sort of weirdness was sensed to be felt it was put down to the presence of Dakini tinkering with the space time ccontinuum;

Dakinis are often connected to the phenomena of synchronicity and inexplicable coincidences of fate These encounters often have a quality of sharp, incisive challenge to the fixed conceptions of the practitioner, flights of spiritual insight, ecstasy, and freedom from worldliness granted by the realization of emptiness.

Amusingly in Japan they related the Dakini to the fox spirit Kitsune and were more likely to try and inflict Dakini on their neighbours;

In early modern times the Dakini rite devolved into various spells called Dakini-ten. People who felt wronged in their village could go to a corrupt yamabushi who practiced black magic, and get him to trap a kitsune and cause it to possess a third party. Reports of possession became especially common in the Edo and Meiji periods.


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Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).