Witchcraft meets Buddhism – the unlikely crossover of the Tibetan Singing Bowl

Think of a singing bowl, and many people would immediately picture the orange clad Krishna Buddhists who seemed to be chanting in the streets everywhere in the not so distant past. In fact, we came across a group a few months ago, and my grand-daughters were entranced by the joyous spectacle. There’s just something contagious about their happiness.

But does Buddhism have the exclusivity on singing bowls? It would seem not, and there are records of witches using them for divination purposes as well as for cleansing rituals.Singing Bowls (Cup of life) - mass product souvenir

Some of the earliest known singing bowls date back to the time of Buddha Shakyamuni (560-480 BC) Hints as to the spiritual beliefs associated with them can be seen from the fact that in Tibetan Buddhism, the singing bowl is also known as Ghanta, which means “Goddess”, while the striker or dorje is the male element, and produces the “thunderbolt of enlightenment”, which to you or me translates as that moment when you’re dozing off in a horror film and suddenly something makes you jump out of your skin.

Singing bowls were also used for mundane reasons for household purposes, like fruit bowls or for storing grain. They also became quite handy objects to own for trading, as when Earthly requirements outweighed spiritual demands, they could be bartered for cold, hard cash. The heavier the bowl, and the more precious the metal, the higher price they commanded.

Returning to the spiritual or witchcraft use, after falling from favor until around the 1970’s, they have now enjoyed a resurgence. This might be related to the fact that it’s also cheaper and easier to store your fruit, grains or whatever in Tupperware boxes, with the added bonus that they have lids (that modern invention) which prevents bugs getting to them.

More recently still – and coming in at the more expensive and “spiritually aware” end of the rainbow spectrum – are crystal singing bowls. And even more inventively, crystal singing pyramids, which are meant to utilise the magick that is associated with that emblem of the Illuminati … Oh, and the Egyptian Pharaohs of course.

You can also buy recordings of the sounds, in case you can’t be bothered to ring your own bell (which sounds slightly euphemistic, but trust me, it wasn’t meant to), or should the fancy take you, you can indulge in a crystal sound bath, which are becoming one of the most up and coming trends, and you can read all about them here: https://www.elle.com/uk/beauty/body-and-physical-health/reviews/a41831/crystal-sound-bath-review/

So, whether you want to commune with your spiritual self or do a spot of egg divination, the singing bowl could be just what you need in your Life. I was very tempted by an azure blue one, which when I checked it out is meant to align with the throat chakra. I’m saying nothing, but Doc would just cast me one of his “OK de Belfry” looks and recommend that I gave up smoking … But until I do that, just maybe a blue singing bowl might be a witches best friend?

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