Tibetan Culture Guide
Prayer flags were originally used as talismans to protect Tibetans during the war. It is originated from Bon religion that people used prayer flags for protection, and it is printed symbols such as snow lion, dragon, and tiger the flag. Tibetan prayer flags were eventually adopted into Tibetan Buddhism with prayers or messages of hope and peace printed on it. The colors of Tibetan prayer flags are significant in five different color, and it symbolize five basic elements in a certain order, blue stands for the ether, or wind, white for air, red for fire, green for water and yellow for earth. Prayer flags depicts mantras of different deities and protectors, such as Tara, Guru, Chenrezig and so on, prayer flags can be placed inside of a room in your house, and traditionally they were placed outside of house. Tibetan hang the prayer flag on clean and windy spots like high passes and river side, that is why you see heaps of prayer flags on almost every passes in Tibet. Tibetan Prayer flags above all symbolize peace and harmony.
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