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KHADAG - SHAMANIC AND BUDDHIST OFFERING SCARVES
Khadags are a tradition from Tibet which has made its way to Mongolia. They are strips of cloth, used to tie onto things or wrap things.
Their five colours represent the five elements of the Tibetan Buddhist 'medicine wheel' system - Yellow = Earth; Green = Air; White = Space; Red = Fire, and Blue = Water.
In Mongolian traditions however these colours have a slightly different meaning:
Yellow is the symbol of fire, of permanence, multiplication and immutability.
Green is the symbol of the blossoming earth, fertility, awakening and the removal of obstacles.
Red is the symbol of metal, security, protection against attack and attraction of positive things.
White is the symbol of water, primordial purity, prosperity and kindness.
Blue is the symbol of the sky, of harmony and tranquility.
There are also black khadags, used in powerful, wrathful healing work, and white khadags, which are most often used in Tibetan Buddhism.
Khadags are made of a silky material - old ones generally of pure silk - and they are very often decorated with ausptious symbols.
In Mongolia blue is the commonest colour, especially for use in shamanimsm, and shamans and the general public use tie them onto sacred places in nature, ritual objects and shaman's costumes
Below: a Mongolian shaman and Ovoo land shrine with sky blue khadags.
Price: £9 (including postage Worldwide)
Length: 1300mm approx
Traditional Mongolian khadag or hadag sky blue offering scarf. These Blue ones are the most commonly seen sort of khadag because of the shamanic relationship with the sky spirits.
BLACK KHADAG (Item No. Khadag 02)
Price: £12 (including postage Worldwide)
Length: 1300mm approx
When doing 'heavy shamanic healing' there is a tradition to tie black (buguutey) khadags onto ritual objects, such as whips and drums and other objects, used in the healing work. This is a sign of deeply wrathful - aggressive - healing, done without mercy, the blackness symbolises the driving away of the spirits of illness, with no quarter given.
Black khadags are very hard to get, and only used in extream cases.