Image Information: Sandstone figure of Shalabhanjika Yakshi. From stupa 1 at Sanchi, Central India. 1st century AD. Website: British Museum Compass. From the website: "Female tree spirits called yakshis. In an ancient (pre-Buddhist) Indian fertility rite, beautiful young maidens were said to usher in spring by kicking a tree trunk while breaking off a branch, so as to arouse it into blossoming. The type of tree spirit shown here, known as Shalabhanjika Yakshi (literally, the yakshi who is breaking a branch of the Shala tree) echoes this tradition."

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