Tibetan Prayer Flags Four Friends
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A string of 10 Tibetan Prayer Flags featuring The Four Friends – Monkey, Hare, Elephant and Bird. Together under a tree, legend has it that the four animals are discussing who is the oldest animal. As it turns out the bird claims to have excreted the seed from which the tree grew so the animals agree Bird is the oldest. This story is about respect and seniority rather than power and physical strength. In one version of the story it is later revealed that the bird, a partridge, was the Buddha in a previous life. The teaching is to live together in co-operation and that each is dependent on the other.
Total length 180cm; flag size 20 x 15.5cm
The flags are traditionally left unhemmed as this is in keeping with Tibetan teachings about the transitory nature of all things and the inevitable passage of time, decay and rebirth.
Prayer flags fade and unravel with time and were eventually burnt and offered as prayers.