- by Liffity
- Last Updated: 2019-11-28
In Tibet, there is a universal phenomenon that numerous people scatter scraps of paper into the sky. Nowadays, we advocate environmental protection, while this behavior seems to go against this principle. In fact, those scraps of paper are called Longda, which means blessing. In the Tibetan language, Long means wind, da means horse. Putting together the two words, it means the horse flag in wind.
Compared with prayer flags, the fame of Longda is not well known by most people in the world. Carrying a meaning of blessing as the same as prayer flags, Longda is printed with lection and patterns.
How many types of Longda
Longda can be made of paper and cloth with patterns and lection. The shapes of Longda are square and rectangle. Having a close look at the pattern, you will see a horse carrying the wishing jewel in the middle, sun and moon painting on the top, and four animals like dragon, eagle, tiger, and lion standing in the four corners. In the tradition of Tibetan history, different animals have different meanings. The dragon stands for prosperity, the eagle represents vitality, the tiger symbolizes body, lion means brave, and the horse is spirit.
Paper Longda is always used to scatter into the sky, while cloth Longda is used to hang on the high land.
What is the usage of Longda
Longda is mainly used to seek blessings from Buddha for themselves and families and express the worship and reverence for Buddhism. Besides these, scattering Longda is also a way to offer sacrifices to their ancestors.
Longda still has another usage in Tibet. When holding a wedding，relatives and friends always scatter Longda into the sky for the purpose of seeking blessing and prayer for the bridegroom and the bride.
Where does it go
Longda is an ancient tradition in Tibetan areas. Paper Longda is scattered with the following wind, while cloth Longda is connected with a wool rope hanging on the bridge or some holy high lands, such as Mount Kinabalu. There is no mandatory provision of the destination of Longda.
The colorful Longda are everywhere in Tibet, especially on the Sichuan - Tibetan Highway.
Related Articles & Posts
Top 10 Tibetan Monasteries
Visiting various Tibetan monasteries would be part of your Tibet trip. Here's the list of the top 10 Tibetan Buddhism Monastery, from which You can not only see the marvelous religious artworks, but also discover the spiritual home of Tibetan people. ...
Bon—The Indigenous Religion of Tibet
Tourist introduction to Bonismo. Bon, as a Tibetan indigenous religion, after centuries of evolution, it's now officially recognized as a religious group with equal rights as the Buddhist schools. Tibetan Buddhism is derived from Bon and Buddhism. See more details. ...
Tibetan people always keep a mysterious veil to the public. Here's an introduction of Tibetan people from their lifestyle, history, robes, inhabitants, food, architecture, occupational life, hada, language, religion and entertainment. ...
Do you wanna know what does the life like of the mysterious Tibetan monks or have you ever imagined the inside picture of Buddhist monasteries? ...
As everyone knows that the Tibetan Buddhism is very important to Tibetan people. So, this article introduces the beginning, development, and current situation of Tibetan Buddhism for helping travelers understand Tibetan culture better. ...
Tibetan Prayer Flags
When you travel to Tibet, you will see Tibetan prayer flags at the passes of mountains, banks of rivers, sides of roads, etc.. It's a kind of symbol of the local culture. Everything from the color and words holds meaning. ...
Nomads mainly refer to the people whose main way of life is nomadism. In order to adapt to the climate conditions of high temperature and drought in Tibetan plateau, the Tibetan Nomads have implemented a strict animal husbandry management mode. ...
The Tibet Sky Burial Custom
Sky Burial is a traditional funeral ritual, which the dead body is consecrated to the vultures in a certain sky burial platform. It has a close relationship with Tibetan Buddhism, and there some taboos about sky burial which you don’t know. ...
Tibetan thangka is a kind of scroll painting decorated with colored satin, with distinct national characteristics, strong religious color and unique artistic style, which has always been regarded as a treasure by people. It is also a valuable resource for the study of ancient painting. ...
8 Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism
Buddhism is the main religion in Tibet, and it has a deep impression on Tibetans' lives. If you travel to Tibet, you will see the the eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism, but what's the significance of them? ...