Image 17: Enemies with Their Commander

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

Image 17: Enemies with Their Commander

The enemy stronghold in the lower right corner of the thangka is not marked with a crescent moon, a symbol of Islam, so it is unclear whether the enemies are Muslims. The enemy commander stands on the fortification, and his face is black. Soldiers are retreating from the giant gun, which fires vajras (ritual weapons) and shrapnel (quite common in painted battle scenes) into the stronghold.