Focusing on 66 works of art, the book investigates how the violence, grotesque features, and explicit postures of these "wrathful" figures are displays of protection and benevolence. With nearly 200 color images highlighting both the visual power and artistic craftsmanship of the artwork, the margin between horror and beauty becomes slim. This extensive catalogue includes entries of all exhibited works along with comprehensive essays by the exhibition's curator, Rob Linrothe (Associate Professor of Art History at Skidmore College), Jeff Watt (Director of the Himalayan Art Website), and Marylin Rhie (Professor of Asian Art at Smith College). Matthieu Ricard contributes the catalogue's foreword.
Although drawing primarily from Himalayan work in the RMA permanent collection, the catalog also includes non-Asian art on loan from major museums and private collections. The "demonic divine" is a fundamental paradox not limited by time or geography. Works included range from 13th-century Tibet through 20th-century Mexico.