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Bells (Ghanta in Sanskrit and Dilbru Tibetan) are used in Tibetan Buddhism together with a ritual thunderbolt (Vajra in Sanskrit and Dorje in Tibetan). The bell has a stylised eagle claw at the top. It representing female - emptyness and wisdom, and the dorje - with eagle claws at both ends - representing male - form and compasson. Bells are rung in ceremonies and meditation practice, and sometimes also sung with. They may be also kept on an altar as symbolic objects and small versions of them are worn as sacred amulets.

Dorjes come in both 5 and 9 pronged forms - the centre rod being included in the number. Generally 5 prong dorjes more resemble eagle claws.

In Mongolia bells like this are used by White Shamans (shamans who work with Upperworld spirits more than lower world spirits - which are worked with by Black Shamans - it has nothing to do with good and evil)

It is traditional never to polish bells as in Buddhism the female, empty state is concidered perfect.

Other forms of bells used in both Buddhism and Shamanism include cynbals, and the thicker, small form of cymbal known as a tingsha. Tingshas may be in pairs or single. In Buddhism they are generally used to call spirits - called Hungry Ghosts - to come to ritual meals given as an act of compasson for them. In Mongolian and Tuvan Shamanism they are used to call to the spirit powers to come to a ceremony and for other things.

In Buddhism it is considered bad form and unhelpful to oneself or others to ring a tingsha without making a small offering to the Hungry Ghosts. A simple mantra is a suitable offering - such as 'Om Ah Hung.'

More information about the Tibetan use of bells and dorjes can be found in an article HERE.

Shamans also use other types of bells, such as Jingle Cones and Tiger Bells, both of which can be found at the bottom of the page.

Below: Mongolian White Shamans with bells. The one on the left is playing a jaw harp, which has a small dorje amulet hanging from it. The one on the right is holding a White Shaman's dragon headed staff.


TIBETAN BUDDHIST OR WHITE SHAMAN'S BELL (New Bell A)

Price: £18 (including postage Within the UK - outside of the UK there is an extra postage charge of £6)

Origin: Nepal
Age: New
Diameter: 80mm approx
Height: 149mm approx

A recently made bell of good quality. The bell has a sweet sound and long sustain.


TIBETAN BUDDHIST OR WHITE SHAMAN'S BELL (New Bell B)

Price: £18 (including postage Within the UK - outside of the UK there is an extra postage charge of £6)

Origin: Nepal
Age: New
Diameter: 80mm approx
Height: 149mm approx

A recently made bell of good quality. The bell has a sweet sound and long sustain.


TIBETAN BUDDHIST OR WHITE SHAMAN'S BELL (New Bell C)

Price: £18 (including postage Within the UK - outside of the UK there is an extra postage charge of £6)

Origin: Nepal
Age: New
Diameter: 73mm approx
Height: 138mm approx

A recently made bell of good quality. The bell has a sweet sound and long sustain.


TIBETAN BUDDHIST OR WHITE SHAMAN'S BELL (New Bell D)

Price: £18 (including postage Within the UK - outside of the UK there is an extra postage charge of £6)

Origin: Nepal
Age: New
Diameter: 73mm approx
Height: 142mm approx

A recently made bell of good quality. The bell has a sweet sound and long sustain.


TIBETAN BUDDHIST OR WHITE SHAMAN'S BELL (New Bell E)

Price: £18 (including postage Within the UK - outside of the UK there is an extra postage charge of £6)

Origin: Nepal
Age: New
Diameter: 82mm approx
Height: 149mm approx

A recently made bell of good quality.

The bell has a sweet sound and long sustain.


BELL AND DORJE SET (Bell Set 01)

Price: £115 (including postage Worldwide)

Origin: Nepal
Age: 5 - 10 years approx
Diameter: 97mm approx
Height: 175mm approx
Dorje Length: 113mm approx

A recently made bell of very high quality, with a matching dorje.

The bell has a sweet sound and long sustain, and the decoration on the bell is crisp and clean. This sounds a slightly lower note than Bet Set 01.


TIBETAN BUDDHIST AND MONGOLIAN WHITE SHAMAN'S BELL (Bell 01)



Price: £38 (including postage Worldwide)

Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: 5 - 20 years approx
Diameter: 88mm approx
Height: 180mm approx

A fairly recently Tibetan bell of good quality. The casting is crisp and it has a gold plated dorje top.



TIBETAN BUDDHIST AND MONGOLIAN WHITE SHAMAN'S BELL (Bell 02)


Price: £58 (including postage Worldwide)

Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: 20 - 60 years approx
Diameter: 89mm approx
Height: 165mm approx

A nice Tibetan bell of fair quality. This is an nine pronged bell (eight around the top, plus the central core) rather than the normal five pronged (four around the top and the central core) The casting is fairly crisp and it has a bright high note.


TIBETAN BUDDHIST AND MONGOLIAN WHITE SHAMAN'S BELL (Bell 03)

Price: £32 (including postage Worldwide)

Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: 5 - 20 years approx
Diameter: 84mm approx
Height: 162mm approx

A fairly recently Tibetan bell of fair quality. The casting is fairly crisp and it has a bright high note.


DORJE (Item No. Dorje 01)


Price: £25 (including postage Worldwide)

(Sanskrit: Vajra - Tibetan: Dorje)
Origin: Tibet or Northern Nepal
Age: 5 - 10 years approx
Length: 95mm approx

Small, nine prong dorje (eight and centre). Excellent to use as a ritual object or added to a collection.


DORJE (Item No. Dorje 02)

Price: £35 (including postage Worldwide)

(Sanskrit: Vajra - Tibetan: Dorje)
Origin: Tibet or Northern Nepal
Age: 30 - 100 years approx
Length: 93mm approx

Small, old five prong dorje with an origianl stiched on cloth binding over the central secrtion. This would have been put on to make the dorje easier to hold during rituals.


TINGSHA CYMBAL (Ting 01)

Price: £45 (including postage Worldwide)

Origin: Tibet
Age: 30 - 100 years approx
55mm approx

An old pair of Tingsha complete with the original cloth strap, which is beaded with old glass beads and fuax turquoise. These are a pair which probabaly belonged to a shaman or a village lama, they do not have the normal chartaristic of a pair from a Monastery.

There is what looks like faded Western text underneath them, almost as if they we seum or collection at one point - as it might be a catalogue number. It, along with the slight corrosion on the underside of the tingshas could be removed fairly easily, and if you wanted to remove just the writing metholayted spirits should remove it.


TINGSHA CYMBAL (Ting 02)

Price: £27 (including postage Worldwide)

Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: 10 - 30 years approx
Diameter: 59mm approx

A nice, well made, set of tingshas, decorated with mantras. They have a good sound.


TINGSHA CYMBALS (Ting 03)

Price: £40 (including postage Worldwide)

Origin: Inner Mongolia or Western China
Age: 20 - 50 years approx
Diameter: 85mm approx

A set of simple cymbals, probabaly made for use in village Buddhist ceremonies but some shamans also use such instruments. They are attached by a piece of cloth and they have a nice sound.


SHAMAN'S BELL (Shaman's Bell 01)

Price: £30 (including postage Worldwide)

Origin: Nepal
Age: 15-50 years approx
Diameter: 67mm approx
Height: 72mm approx

An old Nepalese shaman's bell. It would have probably been part of a shaman's chain, worn over their shoulders.


SMALL TEMPLE BELL (Temple Bell 01)

Price: £24 each (including postage Worldwide)

Origin: Nepal or Tibet
Age: 2 - 10 years approx
Diameter: 47mm approx
Height of actual bell: 57mm approx

A small Nepalese temple bell. They are designed to be hung outside on thier chain and the wind blows the leaf shaped clapper. They have a nice sound and would be ideal to use as part of an outside shrine area.

Two bells in stock


OLD SHAMAN'S BELL (Bell 01)

Price: £24 each (including postage Worldwide)

Origin: Nepal or Tibet
Age: 20 - 50 years approx
Diameter: 42mm approx
Height: 53mm approx

A little group of Nepalese shaman's bells. They have some age and have probably been used.

Four bells in stock


SHAMAN'S BELLS AND JINGLES

Below: Tiger Bells fixed to a shaman's costume together with an iron bow and arrow.

Shaman's in Asia, Central Asia and Siberia use many different forms of bells and jingles, often on thier coats or tied to other objects. In Nepal chains of bells are worn across the shoulder, and in Mongolia and Southern Siberia tiger bells and metal jingles are often used.

Above:Tiger Bells and iron and brass objects which jingle, fixed to a shaman's coat.

SHAMAN'S JINGLE CONES (Kholbigs or khunkhinguur)- (Item No. Jingle Cones 01)

Price: £19 each (including postage worldwide)

Origin: Mongolia
Age: Recently made
Length: 82mm approx

A set of three hand-made iron shaman's jingle cones, fixed on an iron ring. Jingles like this are used all over Siberia and Mongolia tied to costumes, drums and other objects. They are part of a shaman's armour and they are said to being life to objects because of their movement and jangling sound.

These cones are hand made in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.

Above: jingle cones attached to the side of a Buryat shaman's drum to represent the drums ears.


TIGER BELLS

Found all over Asia, from the South right up to Siberia, these brass bells are always associated with shamanism, protection and magic. They are prized by Siberian shamans, who sew them onto their coats or tie them to ritual objects. In other cultures they are tied to children's ankles as protective charms or worn around the neck. They have been made for centuries and although are not easy to find are still being made.

The design of Tiger Bells vary but the ones offered are fairly typical.

Below: Tiger bells on a shaman's costume

TIGER BELLS LARGE - (Item No. Tiger Bell 01)
Origin: Tibet
Age: New
Length: 35mm approx
Width: 29mm approx

Price: 5 Bells for £10 (including postage worldwide)

TIGER BELLS MEDIUM - (Item No. Tiger Bell 02)
Origin: Tibet
Age: New
Length: 22mm approx
Width: 18mm approx

Price: 10 Bells for £12 (including postage worldwide)

TIGER BELLS SMALL - (Item No. Tiger Bell 03)
Origin: Tibet
Age: New
Length: 16mm approx
Width: 12mm approx

Price: 10 Bells for £7 (including postage worldwide)