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Rare Yak Bone Mahakala Phurba / Phurpa, Nepal. Tibet.

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The ceremonial dagger – phurba – is one of the primary tools for all shamanic rituals.  It is used for exorcising demons and driving away negative spirits.  Its three sides destroy the three evils:  attachment, aversion and delusion.

Add to any phurba the three headed Mahakala and you really have a powerful “weapon” that symbolizes the death of negativity and the complete uprooting of negative patterns.

This bone phurba came from the small village of Sibrung, Nepal near the Tibetan border.

I am confident it is bone but it feels lighter than yak bone.

It has a great deal of color and detail.  Notice the colored serpent on one blade edge; another on the next blade side and the two serpent tails on the third blade side.  There is a small patch at the bottom of one of the blades that has paint loss but – other than that – it is in excellent condition.

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