The Kapala set is traditionally used in both Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism and also Tantric Hindu practice. The word kapala has its origins in Sanskrit and it was subsequently adopted in Tibet. Indeed, kapala translates as human “skull” in English and it was traditionally created from a human cranium. Our Kapala sets are used in Tantric rituals to appease the fierce protector deities. The wrathful deities are commonly depicted carrying a kapala in Tibetan thangka paintings and sculptures. Additionally, kapalas are used in Tantric rituals to hold ritual red wine or sometimes human blood. The offering is given to the fierce Tantric deity by placing it on the altar. It can also be consumed by the lama and his Heart Family as part of a Vajrayana empowerment ceremony.
Our kapala set was hand crafted in Nepal by the same skilled artisans who have been supplying the Tibetan monasteries for centuries. As a result, when you purchase one of our beautiful kapala sets you can rest assured you have procured a monastic quality Tibetan ritual item. This kapala set is handmade from white metal and it is also engraved in intricate detail.