A kapala (Sanskrit for "skull") or skullcup is a cup made from a human skull used as a ritual implement (bowl) in both Hindu Tantra and Buddhist Tantra (Vajrayana). Especially in Tibet, they were often carved or elaborately mounted with precious metals and jewels. Many of the deities of Tibetan Buddhism, including Mahasiddhas, Dakinis and Dharmapalas are depicted as carrying the kapala, usually in their left hand.

A kapala (Sanskrit for "skull") or skullcup is a cup made from a human skull used as a ritual implement (bowl) in both Hindu Tantra and Buddhist Tantra (Vajrayana). Especially in Tibet, they were often carved or elaborately mounted with precious metals and jewels. Many of the deities of Tibetan Buddhism, including Mahasiddhas, Dakinis and Dharmapalas are depicted as carrying the kapala, usually in their left hand.

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human skull HUMAN HEADHUNTING HAND CARVED | carved human skull | forensic anthropology/ surgeries/ etc. Beautiful

Tibetan engraved human skull

human skull HUMAN HEADHUNTING HAND CARVED | carved human skull | forensic anthropology/ surgeries/ etc. Beautiful

INCREDIBLE CARVED MAHAKALA ON LARGE TIBET CONCH SHELL BLOW TO AWAKEN THE GODS

INCREDIBLE CARVED MAHAKALA ON LARGE TIBET CONCH SHELL BLOW TO AWAKEN THE GODS

A Tibetan engraved skull or Kapala are embellished with silver and semi-precious stones and is commonly used as a ritual bowl to drink blood out of; performed at ancient human sacrifice rituals.

A Tibetan engraved skull or Kapala are embellished with silver and semi-precious stones and is commonly used as a ritual bowl to drink blood out of; performed at ancient human sacrifice rituals.

Vairocana; a spiritual genius, sent to India by the king to study Dzogchen with Shri Singha, one of 3 'supreme translators' speaking 360+ dialects he travels widely, meeting with 25 great masters. Upon return, he is ordained by Shantarakshita, works closely with Padmasambhava and Vimalamitra. As a team, this trio introduce Dzogchen to Tibet. Becoming the king's guru leads to exile. After years of teaching and meditating in Kham, he is drawn to China, where he gives vajrayana teachings.

Vairocana; a spiritual genius, sent to India by the king to study Dzogchen with Shri Singha, one of 3 'supreme translators' speaking 360+ dialects he travels widely, meeting with 25 great masters. Upon return, he is ordained by Shantarakshita, works closely with Padmasambhava and Vimalamitra. As a team, this trio introduce Dzogchen to Tibet. Becoming the king's guru leads to exile. After years of teaching and meditating in Kham, he is drawn to China, where he gives vajrayana teachings.

‘Kapala’  Tebetin decorated skulls. Designs carved into human skulls by the Tebetin people. This rocks!!!!

‘Kapala’ Tebetin decorated skulls. Designs carved into human skulls by the Tebetin people. This rocks!!!!

A Cittipatti skull mask and costume from 19th-century Mongolia, part of “Remember That You Will Die: Death Across Cultures” at the Rubin Museum 2010

A Cittipatti skull mask and costume from 19th-century Mongolia, part of “Remember That You Will Die: Death Across Cultures” at the Rubin Museum 2010

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