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. The word kapala translates as human “skull” or forehead in English. Tantric deities were commonly depicted carrying the Kapala and Hindu Tantric deities were sometimes even seen drinking human blood from it. Additionally, the cup can be 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 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 kapala sets you can rest assured you have procured a monastic quality Tibetan ritual item. These items are crafted from oxidized copper alloy and gilded in 24 karat gold. This kapala set is also engraved in intricate detail.