Himalayan Art Resources

Bon: Chorten (Stupa)

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Chorten (Tibetan: mchod rten. Sanskrit: stupa): a reliquary mound comparable to the Buddhist stupa. Bon chorten can be immediately distinguished from the Buddhist stupa by a set of Horned Eagle (kyung) horns that are placed on the top. In the Bon Religion there are 121 chorten designs intended for use on the earth. There are a further 121 for the sky and another 121 for the underworld. (See the publication Line Drawings of the 121 Chorten).

Jeff Watt 6-2006 [updated 3-2020]