Tsa Tsa’s

Tsa Tsa As soon as I got to Bhutan, I started noticing some curious small cylindrical cone shaped objects on stupas, under overhangs of rock and alongside many roadways. Any sacred or remotely scenic place that was at least partially sheltered from the elements seemed to have hundreds, if not thousands of these three inch high sculptures. Some were painted gold, others were painted red, but mostly they were either white or natural earth tone.

Tsa Tsa

I asked my tour guide, what they were and he explained that they are Tsa Tsa. memorials molded by monks created from ash collected from funereal cremation pyres and molded in special religious ceremonies. The artifacts, usually 108 of them, are commissioned by bereaved Buddhist families as a way of honoring and bidding farewell to their loved ones. After they are created the memorials are given to the families to be placed in sacred places, beautiful places or places that were special to the departed loved one.

I think this would be a fitting memorial for me after I retire permanently.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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