Yak horns

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Feb 22 2015

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Category: Asia, China-Tibet

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The turning of prayer-wheels as in last week’s post, and prayer-flags in the wind in an earlier post, are efficient ways of multiplying and spreading the positive effects of the sacred texts they contain. Another very ancient custom is the use of engraved stone or animal skull and horn for spreading the mystic mantras over the face of the earth. While the first practices make use of movement and the breath of air for doing the work, in the last instances it’s the durability that counts.

Tibet 1996

Shekar Monastery, Tibet 1996

When wandering through Tibet, at high passes, near remote villages and isolated monasteries, everywhere we come across these human testimonies that others before us have fabricated and left behind in the impressive landscape. It’s one reason – another being the harsh conditions of climate and high altitude – why trekking in Tibet is an unforgettable experience.

Photo of the week: Lhasa Valley with the Potala in the distance, Tibet 1996

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