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Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Wheel

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Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Wheel
This Tibetan Prayer Wheel appears to be made of three or more metals; a bamboo handle; and a tightly wound paper scroll assumed to contain printed mantras. This is a personal prayer wheel carried by Tibetans and used during their daily activities. Much larger prayer wheels (4-5 feet high) exist in monasteries, nunneries and pilgrimage sites. Regardless of the size, designs or locations, all prayer wheels have the same principal usage. The person must recite mantras which activate the thousands of mantras inside the prayer wheel as it is turned. This, it is believed, magnifies the thousands of blessings released into the world for all humankind. To help understand this altruistic behavior, one should understand how the sacred life is woven into the very fabric of daily existence. That is, the Buddhist religion is part of the core of Tibetan life and runs every aspect of it, not only for the monks but also for ordinary lay Tibetans. This prayer wheel has a silvered stupa (relic container) on brass leaves applied to the scroll container's copper cover. The silver and brass sides depict script and/or symbols on copper with a weighted chain attached to the banded center to promote spinning the ritual object. The bottom plate of the canister is covered with brass floral scroll which connects to the center handle holder. This Buddhistic ritual object is hand crafted and is used but in good and working condition. More history and references available on our website. Size: ~ 12 1/2" long x 2 3/4"; Weight: ~ 211 grams

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