Image 11: Group of Eight Figures on Clouds

Shambhala and the Prague Thangka: The Myth’s Visual Representation

Image 11: Group of Eight Figures on Clouds

Like the group of eleven figures in image 10, this group is on the Shambhala side; accordingly, they must be Buddhists. There are, however, several differences to be noted. First, there are no foot soldiers; all ride horses, a gray elephant, or blue and white horned cattle. Six figures are practically identical to the figures in image 10, and the two in the center have animals’ faces. Unfortunately, the painting is very unclear here; it has been damaged to the extent that finer details cannot be identified.