Uncanny Factoid: SkullCaps (3 pics)

Posted in Pictures       23 Feb 2011       4635       3

These are human skull caps of the gods, and are called Kapala’s. They are an ancient legacy and the Kapala is considered to be a sacred sculpted cup created from a human skull and offered by the Hindu and Buddhist worshippers.

 

These legacies are an ancient tradition and the Kapala is thought of as a dark but interesting form of sculpture.  These Tibetan Kapala’s feature impressive bas-relief artworks that depict religious figures and scenes. They are often adorned with silverwork and semi-precious stones. The skull was soaked in water to soften the bone.

These skull cups are used in Buddhist altars to offer wrathful divinities wine which symbolizes blood or dough cakes that are shaped into eyeballs or ears. During tantric visualization based on meditation and deep philosophical study, they go into a transubstantiation occurs and the wine transforms into wisdom nectar. This liquid will enlighten the mind of one or all the deities in the Celestial Palace of the Mandala. That is just one of the many uses of these skull caps during ritual culture.

The newer skullcaps aren’t created with skulls, they are made of brass and adorned with artistic motifs, and they aren’t as amazing as the real skull caps.

 

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gigantes 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
awesome!
i'll gladly donate my skull after i'm done using it...
       
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lolzz 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
me too!
       
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v 8 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
me three!
       
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