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KAPALA (Dutta-10317)


Tibetan, 19th century.

The word Kapala is a Sanskirt term meaning skull, bowl, vessel, begging bowl and is a decorative human skull used as a ritual implement in both Hindu and Buddhist Tantra. They were often carved with decorative designs or elaborately mounted with precious metals and jewels. There are two main types of kapalas – those that use a full skull, and those that only use the skull cap or top-half of the cranium.

Offering a kapala to one’s Guru is excellent as it will be used during prayers and rituals. Through this act, we create the merits to receive such initiations in the future; and to do these practices to benefit ourselves and others.

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