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Tibetan TSHATSHA

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Author: Chen Dan;
Language: English
Page: 165
Publication Date: 01/2012
ISBN: 9787508522128
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Tshatsha is originally from Sanskrit, a kind of clay sculpture of Buddha made from the mould in Tibetan Buddhism. As a Buddhist appendage, "Tshatsha" becomes widespread token in Tibet.

About the author
Chen Dan was a graduate from the Department of Journalism of the China School of Journalism and Communication,and furtHered Her study of the Chinese culture in Tsinghua University. She went to cover the cultura activities in Tibet for a dozen times,and once stayed in Lhasa for over a year. Her experience made it possible for her to write good books or articles on Tibetan culture. Beginning in 2009,she wrote for China's Tibet magozine columns of Tibet Handicrafts and Tibctan Arr Collectors. Cashingin on her stay and work in Tibet, she has taken thousands of photos of great value,and many of these were used for her works which run to somemillion words. Her illustrated works aiready published include Tibetan murals, Arts and Crafts Unique to the Snowland, Tibetarz, Hanclicrafts and Ancient Road for Tea-Horse Trade-Places Covered by Caravans.
Table of Contents
Preface 
Buddha 
Bodhisattua and Tara 
DharmapaLa 
Guru 
Stupas and others
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With the development of buddhist culture, the image of Tshatsha was enriched, including gods, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Yidams, Dharmapalas, etc. Tshatsha function was greatly expanded and the original monotonous content varied gradually to form a unique miniature world of deities. 
At the crossing of Tibetan holy mountains and lakes, there are many dedicated maisonettes built to store Tshatshas, usually about one person high, called the Tshatsha Temple. After a temple is filled with Tshatshas, enclose it with walls,and leave only a small opening, in order to let circumanbulators add new Tshatshaw, which may reach tens of thousands in number over time. Tibetans believe that a turn around such a temple, is equivalent to numerous ceremonies to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and countless chanting, to reduce their sins and increase reward. 
Production Process 
During the production of Tshatsha, first sprinkle highland barley on a smooth panel, divide clay into several small groups to attach to them-barley on the back must be in an odd number, because Tibetans believe that an odd number isauspicious, some people put some scripture text, clothes, hair or other prayer materials into them Brush the mold with a little oil for better smooth, then put the mold onto the clay, knock the copper mold with a thick stick, and open it carefully. 
The newly demolded tshatshas need to be dried in the shade, because sunshine will make them crack. They may be burned to the quality of brick, or even colored and glazed. When Tshatshas are accumulated to a certain number, invite monks for chanting and consecration, and then put into Tshatsha Temple for best wishes.
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