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Each of these works was created for the specific type of Buddhism that developed in the area, often called Vajrayana (the indestructible path). Using an elaborate array of symbolically potent images of buddhas, deities, and holy men as well as words and actions, practitioners of Vajrayana evoke within themselves the steps leading toward enlightenment. Whether in metal, paint, or wood, whether beautiful or terrifying, simple or intricate, each is dense with meaning, for each was created as a guide to aid progress along the indestructible path.