Indeed, it appears she traditionally stands on a copulating couple (Kāma and Rati, usually with Rati on top). But a web search turned up a modern painting of her riding a lion (or lioness?):

Valerie J Roebuck
Manchester, UK

On 15 Mar 2014, at 14:58, rajam <> wrote:

I do not know much about these things, but received a comment from a friend in India that "the Chinnamasta Devi does not have a lion for her vehicle.”

May I know the source of the picture on the cover, so I can write to him and clear his doubt? (He is not a member of this group.)


On Mar 15, 2014, at 5:15 AM, Stella Sandahl <> wrote:

Congratulations! Cover picture wonderful. 
Hope your book will not offend anybody's religious or other feelings.
Stella Sandahl
Stella Sandahl

On 2014-03-15, at 12:14 AM, Mary Storm wrote:

Dear Indologists

As Etta James, sang “At Last…”

I am happy to announce the publication of my book Head and Heart: Self-Sacrifice in the Art of India, published by Routledge in August 2013.

My thanks to all of you who offered help and support over the years.

Mary Storm

Mary Storm, Ph.D.
Academic Director
India: National Identity and the Arts
Himalayan Buddhist Art and Architecture
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