Chinnamastā, one of the Mahavidyas, 10 Tantric goddesses aspect of Devi. Fearsome iconography. The self-decapitated goddess holds her own severed head in one hand, a scimitar in another. Standing on a copulating couple. Associated w/ concept of self-sacrifice and the awakening of the kundalini – spiritual energy. Symbol of self-control of sexual desire as well as embodiment of sexual enegry. Legends emphasize her sacrifice, maternal element, sexual dominance, and self destruction.
 

Chinnamastā, one of the Mahavidyas, 10 Tantric goddesses aspect of Devi. Fearsome iconography. The self-decapitated goddess holds her own severed head in one hand, a scimitar in another. Standing on a copulating couple. Associated w/ concept of self-sacrifice and the awakening of the kundalini – spiritual energy. Symbol of self-control of sexual desire as well as embodiment of sexual enegry. Legends emphasize her sacrifice, maternal element, sexual dominance, and self destruction.