Image 9: Figures of Eight Warriors

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

Image 9: Figures of Eight Warriors

These are Shambhala foot soldiers—judging from their uniforms, they are Buddhists—armed with lances. Unlike their enemies, who wear blue uniforms with birdlike hats, their clothes and armor are more colorful, and they have green and blue cuirasses. It is interesting that the colors of the cuirasses alternate regularly as do most of the typical Mongolian boots worn by the warriors: those with green cuirasses wear blue boots and vice versa. Around the soldiers’ necks and shoulders are shawls with dots, which resemble royal ermine, and the soldiers wear red aprons and light helmets with cockades. This Shambhala uniform is worn by all the cavalry and infantry portrayed in the entire thangka.