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<p>This article discusses the consecration ritual (rab gnas cho ga) of Tibetan Buddhism in which images, stūpas (mchod rten), and other objects are ritually transformed into objects of worship. Consecration is generally considered a tantric ritual, but here the author traces the history of consecrations that belong to sūtra. She notes that elements of these sūtra-style consecrations are still to be seen in the tantric form of the ritual, which is actually a composite ritual. (Ben Deitle 2006-02-23)</p>