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Lately I've been focusing on the GreenWhite Tara mantras and have noticed their symbolic similarity with Lakshmi. I tried looking up how Tara originated and such and possible rerences to Hindu dieties. I am aware there are aspects of deities shared between Hinduism and Buddhism, but I am wondering if Lakshmi may have been a precursor to Tara (if you look at their statue representations, they are positioned exactly the same, and have the same symbols, tho Lakshmi has four arms). I really couldn't find too much, just the references to Avolokitesvara and such. Though I read in one article about how there was an early Buddhist group devoted to Lakshmi, but couldn't really find anything else about that.
I am just trying to better understand the female aspects in Buddhist practice. It helps for me to understand the bigger picture and possble connections in the greater context.
Anyone know more about this connection?