Thursday, June 24, 2010
Coming Soon: The Secrets of Lēng
It doesn't appear to be well known, but Lēng and Tsang are real regions in Central Asia on the Tibetan Plateau. The tantric sects of these areas actually do practice anthropophagy and make extensive use of ritual items made from human corpses. While the phrase "the corpse-eating cult of inaccessible Lēng, in Central Asia" may be overly sensationalistic, it is also accurate. The author has participated in the rituals of these sects and will be publishing a short illustrated essay describing various ritual items from his personal collection, their origin, and their traditional uses.
This includes a rare look at the actual Indo-Tibetan practice of necrophagy, the survival of the practice into the present, and its slow (and extremely cautious) transplantation to Western countries .
The collection includes:
Extremely rare pills made from human flesh (བྲམ་ཟེ་སྐུ་ཤའམ་སྐྱེ་བདུན་རིལ་བུ་) which are consumed to gain magic-powers
Several styles of ritual drinking bowls made from human skulls (ཐོད་པ་)
A hand-drum made from the skulls of two children and human skin (ཐོད་རྔ་)
A trumpet made from a human thigh-bone (རྐང་གླིང་)
A rosary made from bone from multiple human skulls (མི་མགོའི་འཕྲེང་བ་)
Posted by Sha'ir Majnun at 5:58 AM