String of 10 Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Flags representing the Five Basic Elements.
Prayer flags are hung horizontally to blow in the wind, and the prayers they express become a permanent part of the universe as their images fade. New flags are mounted beside the old to renew the prayers for the world.
Each string hold 10 Tibetan Prayer Flags.
Each flag measures 6" x 8" (16 x 20cm)
Overall length approx 85" (approx 220cm)
Made in Nepal
The practice of hanging prayer flags goes back thousands of years to the Bon tradition which pre-dates Buddhism. It was a shamanic medicinal practice to help bring balance to the ancient elements that the colours of the flags represent. It is said that this balance can be achieved both internally, bringing health to mind and body, and externally by bringing harmony to the environment. In fact the Tibetan word for prayer flags is Dar Cho, Dar means to increase life, fortune, health and wealth. Cho means all sentient beings.
Prayer Flags can be hung both inside to increase harmony and spiritual awareness or outside (the higher the better) to benefit the environment and all beings touched by the wind. It is important to remember that prayer flags should be treated with respect as they contain sacred text and symbols. When hanging the flags it is also important to have the correct intentions: May all beings benefit rather than something self-motivated: "I will benefit."