A rare tantric mala (Thöpa Trengwa) comprised of 108 authentic human skull (cranium) beads. We only manage to acquire a handful of human skull malas every few years and so they are not to be confused with the cheap water buffalo bone malas masqerading as human bone. Our malas are guaranteed to be authentic human cranium beads from Bhutan.
It is reputed that Human bone malas were once crafted from 108 different skulls from 108 different charnel grounds, however, in modern times this is incredibly difficult to accomplish. The maker of our beads only collects bone from Buddhist practitioners and only bone that has been offered for ritual purposes. The beads often come by way of the off cuts used in the making of other ritual items (see last photo) and to gather enough beads to make a mala can take many months or years. A true human bone mala will often have beads of slightly different thickness and colour.
The mala includes 108 hand carved disc shaped human cranium beads and three banded agate eye beads. The three eye beads are perfectly matched in size and colour. The guru bead is crafted from natural conch shell. The mala also includes a fine quality silver Bhum counter.
Strung on strong braided Nylon cord.
Diameter: 13.5 mm (approx)
Width: 4 mm to 7 mm (approx)
Agates measure 14.5 mm
Please note that skull malas are hand crafted from a number of different skulls and so it is normal for beads to have a slightly different colour and thickness. Any pitting in the beads is completely normal for human cranium and is therefore not considered to be a defect.