Tibetan Thokcha- Bronze Garuda Amulet- Protection Talismans- Nepal
Thokcha are ancient tibetan talismans (amulets) which are traditionally worn next to the body for protection, healing and good luck. They can also be fastened to clothing, tied to religious articles, carried in the pocket, tied to other sacred amulets and worn around the neck. Thokcha amulets have been used in sacred religious rituals for thousands of years to dispel evil and all negative energy and to bring good luck, healing and prosperity in all its forms. Thokcha were frequently used by the tibetan shamen in their healing rituals and were often given to the person in need of healing as these sacred amulets have a huge amount of sacred energy and magical power and would speed up the healing process. Thogchags are very sacred amulets and are believed to have fallen from the sky and are magically formed and not manufactured by human beings. Thogchags are made of bronze and meteoritic metals and date back as far as the bronze age. Thokcha translates as sky-iron’ or heavenly iron’. Ancient thokcha amulets are becoming increasingly difficult to find. This thokcha is not ancient (1000 years or older) or made from meteorite metals. Thogchags are made of various copper alloys that are not bronze in the technical western sense. In tibet, they are known overall as’li’, which means’bronze’. Thokcha now is generally used to mean old pieces in a copper alloy that has been worn by tibetans as protective pendants at some point in their history. We estimate that this sacred amulet is between 40-100 years old. The garuda appears in many forms according to different tibetan traditions and lineages, perhaps assuming the greatest prominence in the dzogchen transmissions of the nyingma tradition. In the lineage of the nyingmapas he personifies certain wrathful forms of guru rinpoche and in the hidden treasures tradition, he is often known as the guardian of treasures. His emergence fully-fledged from the egg symbolizes the birth of great spontaneous awareness. This item is made of bronze.