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Tibetan Ghau Pendant-Buddhist Prayer Box Nepal
A Ghau (also spelt Gau or Gao) is a Tibetan Buddhist amulet container or prayer box, usually made of metal. When worn as jewellery its also known as a Tibetan Ghau pendant and is often ornamented with semi-precious stones. It's like a small container used to hold and carry powerful amuletic objects.
Since the late 20th century, when trade with central Asia increased, Nepali Gaus have become increasingly popular with eclectic practitioners of magic in Europe and the Americas, especially those who make their own talismans or prepare amulets for clients. Gau box has a voluminous interior which has enough space to hold assorted symbolic objects.
They are mostly made of silver. However, the Tibetan artisans also use brass, copper, gold and other metals. Gau often has complex designs, auspicious symbols and mantras inscribed on their outer surface. In Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia, the Ghau box usually contains a written prayer or a sacred yantra diagram such as the Kalachakra. The prayers and yantras are usually hand inscribed or block-printed by a priest and are always blessed before use. Tibetan Ghau is used as an ornament to help the wearer to ward off negative energy and attract blessings. Ghau pendants are also used as a portable shrine and are worn on a cord around the neck and hung close to the heart. They are commonly used to provide magical protection, draw love and money or increase the wearer's gambling luck.
In different religions and cultures, these boxes have different names. While Tibetan Buddhists call it a "Ghau" (Gau or Gao), Latin Americans call it a "Package Amulet," African-Americans say "Conjure Bag" or "Mojo Hands," South Americans have "Charm Vials" and contemporary Americans sometimes refer to them as "Wish Boxes".
Ghaus can be strung sideways or hung as a pendant on a cord, either alone or among other beads and charms.