Myths and Legends
of Dzi Beads
This Page Explains The Common Legends of Dzi Beads
Myths and Legends of Dzi Beads
The history of the mysterious Dzi Beads is filled with mythological and legendary stories. The following is a list of commonly believed Tibetan Dzi bead legends:
(2) Plankton from the ancient seas: In the original form, the Dzi beads were like mollusks and conches with a fleshy body protected by a shell. They could move about freely. After the Himalayan Mountains arose from the shifting of tectonic plates, no more seas existed in the region. The plankton died and their shells subsequently become Dzi beads.
(3) Dzi Bead are precious jewels of the demi-gods: Tibetans say that Dzi beads are the precious jewels of the demi-gods who discard the blemished ones upon the human world. This explains why no one ever finds a perfect dzi bead.
(4) Painted stones from nearby India: A couple who lived in the Himalayan Mountains painted designs onto a unique kind of Indian stone. Since the skill required to paint the stone was very difficult to imitate and kept within the family, the skill was lost after they passed away.
(6) Meteorites from outer space: Meteorites fell from outer space onto the fields. These were picked up and used by yogis in their practices. After the yogic practitioners' refinement, they became Dzi beads.
(8) Snake-like living things: Dzi beads are living things that can move about like snakes. When they are found and touched by human hands, they stop moving and turn into a string of Dzi beads.
(10) Appearance in fields: Dzi beads were buried deep underground, after long-term geological movements, Dzi beads were created, and then discovered and picked up by farmers during fieldwork.
(13) Dzi beads are hidden treasures of Guru Rinpoche: After Guru Rinpoche ( Padmasambhava ) built the first temple ( Samye Monastery ) in Tibet, he was blessed with dzi beads by the heavenly beings. Guru Rinpoche then buried the dzi beads all over Tibet each with a specific prayer blessing or spiritual insight. This reinforces the Tibetan belief that only people with good karma are destined to own dzi beads.
(14) Dzi can be discovered in the Dzi meadows: People with good fortune can see Dzi beads flying above the Tibetan meadows. They become Dzi beads after capture by humans.
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