Prayer Flags


Prayer Flags

  • 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.

Gift Pack

  • 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.
If you want more information about this product please contact us at 0151 708 8780
or email us at [email protected].
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