Saturday, January 08, 2005

Tibetan dZi beads Blog

I have created this blog as a way of gaining a deeper understanding of the sacred dZi beads found in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, India, Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh and beyond.This site will also look at decorated and undecorated stone beads found in India, Western Asia and other close regions.

The following beads will be discussed on this blog:
  • dZi beads decorated with eyes
  • dZi with unusual decorations and motifs
  • Tiger dZi & other 'oval' dZi
  • Phum dZi
  • Tasso dZi (Horse Teeth)
  • Chung or Chong dZi
  • Luk Mik and Ta Mik (Round Tabular beads with natural or decorated eyes).
  • Ancient Agate Beads.
  • Decorated (also known as etched) carnelian and agates
  • Ancient stone beads (undecorated) such as jasper, tourmaline etc.
  • Pumtek beads of Burma (which are occasionally found within a Tibetan context)
  • zoomorphic beads (animal forms)

Also:
  • Coral prized by the people of the Himalayas
  • Turquoise
  • Carnelian - Pema Raka
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Stone, Wood & Seed beads commonly used to string Buddhist Malas (Rosaries).
  • Ivory and bone
  • Jasper
  • Amber
  • Conch/Chank
  • Thogchag (ancient amulets believed to be made from Meteorite (Tibetan:Namchak)
  • Gold, silver, metal beads
    We will also consider how to identify authentic dZi from the mass produced beads coming out of China and Taiwan. These beads are littered all over the web and can also be purchased very easily on Ebay. Lastly we will look at the known symbology, spiritual and medicinal uses and occasionally their market value.

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