- Tibetan prayer flags are known as ‘lungta’, meaning ‘windhorse’.
- The windhorse image is usually at the centre of a set of 5 flags, with 4 symbolic creatures in the corners: the Dragon, the Garuda, the Snow Lion and the Tiger.
- The windhorse carries the ‘wish-fulfilling jewel’, radiating peace, prosperity and harmony.
- Prayer flags have been used for thousands of years, pre-dating Tibetan Buddhism.
- They are hung in 5 colours which depict Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Space.
- Health and harmony are believed to be produced by the balance of the above 5 elements.
- Prayer flags were traditionally hung around a sick person in order to balance the elements in the body and to restore physical and mental good health.
- The images and writing on prayer flags were originally painted by hand, traditional designs passing through generations.
- Later (15th century) carved wood blocks were introduced.
- Identical images were then possible.
- Prayer flags carry scripts which offer the protection of enlightened prayer.
- Mantras offer the wish that ‘all sentient beings should have a rich life of achievement, free of fear, pain, misery, ignorance, illness and failure’.
- Prayer flags may be hung inside a building for good fortune and to increase the spiritual atmosphere.
- Hung outdoors, the wind carries prayers and positive vibrations to the world.
- Traditionally, they are hung from eaves and trees or on wooden poles.
Prayer flags are available in a variety of sizes and fabrics. They may be vertical or horizontal.
We stock a selection of prayer flags.
Vertical Prayer Flags
- Fine cotton.
- 50cm x 210cm.
Horizontal Prayer flags
- Finest quality cotton.
- Large: 27cm x 25cm.
- Medium: 21cm x 18cm.
- Contains 5 packs of fine cotton flags.
- 10 flags per string, giving a total of 50 flags.
- Flag size: 16cm x 14cm.
Vertical silk flags (50cm x 210cm) are available to order.
The item(s) shown here are a small selection of those available. To see the complete range visit us at The Olive Tree.