Devi Tara is the spiritual protectress against the "eight great terrors" (as lore would have it), each of which is symbolic of spiritual impediments: lions (pride), elephants (delusion), fire (anger), snakes (envy), robbers (misguided notions), captivity (avarice), shipwreck (attachment), and demons (self-doubt). She is as much a virgin and a queen as She is a mother. Her virginity has little to do with the western theological emphasis on womanly chastity. Devi Tara's is a purity of the metaphysical level; She is unstained by the gross and the mundane. She arises out of the void as whole and independent. This mask of the wondrous Buddhist Devi inspires the devotee - its superbly precise handiwork does justice to Her visualisation.