Mala Buddhist rosary
108 Aquilaria beads, 8mm in diameter each
Also Buddhist amulet made of Aquilaria wood, protection representing the 8 auspid signs of Buddhism Dimensions of the pendant 40/60/10 mm
Turquoise du Hubei
Agate called Nan hong (southern red) of Yunnan
Peanut made of peanut wood.
The tropical tree aquilaria belongs to the Thymelaeceae family, which includes about forty species distributed mainly in Southeast Asia. It has a slender appearance, a clear bark and leaves of an intense bright green; it can easily exceed five meters in height.
Aquilaria is the origin of agar wood, as well as sought-after species and other rare and precious products. A characteristic that he shares with a nearby genus, The Gyrinops, with nine species also distributed in Southeast Asia.
These trees have been known for millennia for the virtues of their black, resinous and fragrant wood. It is one of the most valuable woods in the world
Agar wood is also known as Eaglewood, oud, Aloeswood, Gaharu in Indonesia, Jinkoh or Kanankoh in Japan. It is used by the peoples of Southeast Asia and the Middle East for its fragrant properties - its fragrance is woody, powerful, musky - and medicinal.
It is used as incense in certain religious rituals, notably in Korea or Hinduism. It also served as a medium to preserve certain texts: this is the case of pormuniyan, a Javanese medical-magic collection, kept in the National Library of France. It is also used as essential oil, extracted from wood after a complex maceration and distillation process.
The 8 auspid signs of Buddhism or Astamangala were originally a set of Indian offerings presented to a king at his inauguration. Jainism first took up these symbols probably auspicious before Buddhism.
In Buddhist tradition, these 8 auspicious signs represent the offerings presented by the great Vedic gods - an ancient civilization of India at the origin of Hinduism - to Buddha Siddharta after his Awakening. Brahma was the first of these gods to appear even before the Buddha was born by presenting him with a wheel with a thousand rays of gold, as a symbolic request to the Buddha to pass on his teachings by "turning the wheel of the Dharma". Indra, Lord of Heaven and god of war and storm - and incidentally king of the gods - appeared following, offering the white conque for the Buddha to "proclaim the truth of the Dharma."
In Buddhist tradition, the eight auspid signs form the body of Buddha.
the parasol represents his head, the two fish his eyes, the vase his neck, the lotus his tongue, the golden wheel his feet, the banner of victory his body, the conque his word the endless knot his mind.
In the first form of Indian Buddhism, the Buddha was painted aniically, that is, without being represented in a human form, usually by an empty throne under an umbrella and under the Bodhi tree or by a stone marked with his divine footprints, which contain several auspid symbols such as the insignia of the Buddha's deity: the banner of victory , the lion throne, the trident, the Three Jewels, the eternal knot, the swastika, the conca, the pair of fish and the most common, the lotus and the wheel.
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