The history of the mysterious Dzi Beads is filled with mythological and legendary stories. The following is a list of commonly believed Tibetan Dzi bead legends:
(1) Dzi beads are the weapons of the Asura:
An Asura belongs to one of the six classes of living beings. They are opponents to Sakyamuni Buddha and do not listen to the Buddha's words. Therefore they are considered to be non-godlike, non-divine and non-human entities. They use Dzi beads as their weapons.
(2) Plankton from the ancient seas:
In the original form, the Dzi beads were like mollusks and conches with a fleshy body protected by a shell. They could move about freely. After the
(3) Dzi Bead are precious jewels of the demi-gods:
Tibetans say that Dzi beads are the precious jewels of the demi-gods who discard the blemished ones upon the human world. This explains why no one ever finds a perfect dzi bead.
(4) Painted stones from nearby
A couple who lived in the
(5) Dzi beads originated from the Dzi stream:
Legend has it that there were Dzi beads flowing continuously like a stream from a mountain near Rutog in Ngari. One day, a wicked woman with the "evil eye" conjured towards the stream, from that day onwards, no Dzi beads were
ever discovered from the stream.
(6) Meteorites from outer space:
Meteorites fell from outer space onto the fields. These were picked up and used by yogis in their practices. After the yogic practitioners' refinement, they became Dzi beads.
(7) Dzi beads are the magic beads cast by Vajravahari Buddha (Tibetan: Dorje Phamo):
During those early years when
(8) Snake-like living things:
Dzi beads are living things that can move about like snakes. When they are found and touched by human hands, they stop moving and turn into a string of Dzi beads.
(9) Celestial flowers sprinkled by Manjusri Buddha:
It is said that a severe epidemic spread across the Himalayan region around three thousand years ago. Many people died and great losses were incurred. Manjusri Buddha, the former incarnation of Manjusri Bodhisattva, happened to pass the sky above the
(10) Appearance in fields:
Dzi beads were buried deep underground, after long-term geological movements, Dzi beads were created, and then discovered and picked up by farmers during fieldwork.
(11) Dzi beads are the precious stones in the treasury of the Tagzig kingdom:
After King Gesar of the
(12) Dzi beads are insects that can crawl, run and fly:
Tibetans believe that Dzi beads used to be insects which live in nests. When the insects have been unearthed, they continue to move around and then solidify into various types of Dzi beads. The insects maybecome petrified after they have been covered by a Lama’s long robe, or touched by human hands, people with good karma or covered by a woman’s skirt. The crawling ones, become solid when human beings sprinkle sand upon them, if not, they will disappear.
(13)Dzi beads are hidden treasures of Guru Rinpoche:
After Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava ) built the first temple ( Samye Monastery ) in
(14) Dzi can be discovered in the Dzi meadows:
People with good fortune can see Dzi beads flying above the Tibetan meadows.They become Dzi beads after capture by humans.
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