Showing posts with label Kapala. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kapala. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is A Kapala?

 A skull of a person. A skull is often shown in Hindu art as being carried by the deity Shiva, who uses it as a receptacle to contain his food and drink.

The skull bowl, like many of Shiva's other qualities, such as the snakes he wears as jewelry and the ash from the cremation site with which he smears his body, is a symbol of Shiva's wild nature and his separation from the norms and worries of ordinary life.

In order to imitate this tale, certain Shaiva ascetics, both past and present, have used a skull-bowl.

The top skull is detached to make a bowl, while the lower skull is frequently obtained from cremation sites. 

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