Totems and Symbols of Dzi

This page explains the Totems/Symbols of Tibetan Dzi

The Totems of Tibetan Dzi beads include the following general symbols such as :- - Dots
- Lines
- Circles
- Triangles
- Squares
- Polygons
- Oblongs
- Irregular ones
- Symbols
- Animal figures
- Special abstract ones
The four most common Totems are the circle, the square, the triangle and the moon. Based on one's knowledge of Tibetan Tantra, Tibetan Buddhist Ceremonies and Bon culture, Tibetan Dzis can be said to have 4 general functions:- - 1. Ceasing from Disaster
- 2. Enhancing One's Benefit
- 3. Achievement of Perfection
- 4. Subjugation of Evil Spirits
The above-mentioned 4 major symbols of significance may appear singly or together in groups on the surface of Dzi beads. The significance and functions of the Dzi beads also vary with the number of symbols found on each bead. This also has a bearing on the nomenclature of each Tibetan Dzi bead. For example, a Dzi bead with one circle is called a 1-Eye Dzi Bead and promotes wisdom or intelligence. However, a Dzi bead with two circles is called a 2-Eyed Dzi Bead and promotes the establishment of human relationships. The symbols may be thought of as being akin to the individual letters of the alphabet. Combinations of symbols may therefore give rise to Dzi beads with combined and deeper meanings and functions. For example, a Dzi bead with a circle and a square totem is called the Earth Sky Door Dzi. This combination is said to bring balance and serenity in the order of life, and turn an individual's potentiality into actual vibrant and useful energy. |