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Tibetan Prayer Flags

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Tibetan prayer flags, 10 flags per roll. Available in small, medium, large and extra large flag sizes.

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Tibetan prayer flags, 10 flags per roll.

Prayer Flags are inscribed with auspicious symbols, invocations, prayers and mantras. And for centuries, Tibetan Buddhists have planted these flags outside their homes and places of spiritual practice. Prayer flags are said to bring happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and those in the vicinity.

Available in the following sizes:

Small (12cm) – $6.70

Medium  (16cm) – $8.95

Large – (21cm) $11.20

Extra Large (28cm) – $18.00

According to Wikipedia, a prayer flag is a colourful rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. Prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bon.[1] In Bon, shamanistic Bonpo used primary-colored plain flags in Tibet.[2] Traditional prayer flags include woodblock-printed text and images.

Kinds of Prayer Flag

There are two kinds of prayer flags: horizontal ones, called Lung ta (Wylie: rlung-rta, meaning “Wind Horse“) in Tibetan, and vertical ones, called Darchog (Wylie: dar-lcog, meaning “flagstaff”).

Lung ta (horizontal) prayer flags are of square or rectangular shape, and are connected along their top edges to a long string or thread. They are commonly hung on a diagonal line from high to low between two objects (e.g., a rock and the top of a pole) in high places such as the tops of temples, monasteries, stupas, and mountain passes.

Darchog (vertical) prayer flags are usually large single rectangles attached to poles along their vertical edge. Darchog are commonly planted in the ground, mountains, cairns, and on rooftops, and are iconographically and symbolically related to the Dhvaja.

Prayer Flag Colour and Order

Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five: one in each of five colors. The five colors are arranged from left to right in a specific order: blue, white, red, green, and yellow. The five colors represent the five elements[2] and the Five Pure Lights. Different elements are associated with different colors for specific traditions, purposes and sadhana. Blue symbolizes the sky and space, white symbolizes the air and wind, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth.[2] According to Traditional Tibetan medicine, health and harmony are produced through the balance of the five elements.[2]

 

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Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 14 x 14 x 2 cm
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