emanations of the
primordial ocean.
They protect
meditators and
spend wisdom
as well as strong
magical powers
(siddhis). They have 
many peaceful
and wrathful forms.
In many 
mythologies they
inhabit the
magical oceans
and have to fight
the Garudas
(mythological birds)
which want to
steal their
magical gems. They
also live in wells,
lakes and rivers.

Painting of a 
Tibetan monk
  Taeger Collection
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