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Ritual Object: Skullcup Main Page

Skullcups | Ritual Objects Main Page

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- Skullcup Description (below)
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- Skullcup as a hand attribute
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Skullcup (Skt. kapala): the top of a skull, referring to a bowl made from the top of the human skull and used for specific ritual services related to the wrathful deities of Anuttarayoga Tantra. The skull represents emptiness, the body without a soul - egolessness.

Jeff Watt, 12-2005