Do you know prayer wheel? When you travel in tibet, you will meet them. They are tubes made of silver or yak bones or some other materials. During your tibet travel, you may find that there are many local tibetans turning prayer wheels while murmuring some unknown words. In fact, they are just praying. However, why are they turning prayer wheels and what’s the origin of this custom? Initially, the prayer wheel was made for the convenience of the Buddhists who didn’t know words. The Buddhist scriptures were put inside the prayer wheels and the Buddhists turning them clockwise so as to symbolically signify that they have recited the scriptures. Well, this was quite a good method, right? There are bigger prayer wheels as well as the smaller ones and generally, they are all carved with “sixsyllable mantra prayer”. Better seeing by yourself than reading some still words. Why not travel to tibet and have a close look at the prayer wheel or maybe buy one for yourself during real tibet tours. There are so many mysteries to be explored in tibet and maybe it’s time for you to take the flight or the train to tibet, anyway, it is 2013 already.
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