A khata (Tib.: ཁ་བཏགས་; Wylie: kha btags) also known as Jeldar (Tib.: འཇལ་དར་; Wylie: 'jal dar) is a traditional ceremonial scarf in Bon and Tibetan Buddhism. It originated probably from pre-buddhist Bon tradition, and nowadays is quite common in cultures and countries where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced or has strong influence.
The khata symbolizes purity and compassion and are worn or presented with incense at many ceremonial occasions, including births, weddings, funerals, graduations and the arrival or departure of guests.
Tibetan khatas are usually come in five colors, symbolising five elements. The most elegant gestue is the offering of five khatas of different colors put on each other.
This high quality khata is made of silk and decorated with mantras and ashtamangala (Eight Auspicious symbols).
|Origination||Kham (Eastern Tibet)|
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