"Bon religion" Tibet Local Custom Tip by tompt

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Bon religion is based is based on the concept of a world ruled by good and evil spirits, more shamanistic than Buddhism.
It was the indigenous religion of Tibet was partly absorbed by the Buddhist traditions and gave the Tibetan Buddhism much of its distinctive character.

In the eighth century, Songtsen Gampo established a unified Tibet, introducing Buddhism as the chosen religion.
To prevent the Bon religion from being wiped out, the followers of the Bon introduced reforms and adopted aspects of Buddhism.

You find Bon aspects like the animals in some temples today. In the pictures there are dead animals (all predators) hanging in front of a protector chapel. In this sort of chapel there are all demon statues, to frighten the human ghosts, the dead predators have to frighten the animal ones.

A distinct difference between Bon and Buddhism is: Buddhists turn the prayerwheel clockwise and Bon followers turn the wheel counter clockwise. Also they walk around stupa counterclockwise opposed to the clockwise Buddhism walk.

Website: http://www.tibetanbon.com/

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  • Updated Sep 13, 2004
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