Khata

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This article is about the Tibetan scarf. For the Himalayan region in Tibet, see Khada. For the khata cottages in Slavic-speaking countries, see izba.
Khata
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A Tibetan khata.
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 哈達
Simplified Chinese 哈达
Tibetan name
Tibetan ཁ་བཏགས་
Mongolian name
Mongolian хадаг
Blue hadas (khadags) tied to a stone stele at Manzushir Monastery in Mongolia

A khatak (Tibetan: ཁ་བཏགས་, Mongolian Cyrillic: хадаг) is a traditional ceremonial scarf. It originated in Tibet and spread to other Tibetan Buddhist countries such as Mongolia, Bhutan, Nepal, and some parts of Russia and India.

The khatak symbolizes purity and compassion and are worn or presented with incense at many ceremonial occasions, including births, weddings, funerals, graduations, and arrival or departure of guests. It is usually made of silk. Tibetan khatak are usually white, symbolising the pure heart of the giver,[1][2] though it is quite common to find yellow-gold khatak as well. Tibetan and Bhutanese khataks feature symbols of eight auspicious signs. There are also special multi-colored khataks. Mongolian khataks are usually blue, symbolizing the sky. The Tibetans[which?] commonly[according to whom?] give a kind acknowledgment of "Tashi Delek" (meaning good luck) at the time of presentation.

In Mongolia, Khataks are also often tied to ovoos, stupas, or special trees and rocks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff. "Khata/Tibet "roof of the world"". Oracle ThinkQuest Education Foundation. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Ethnic Culture Thrives After Sichuan Quake". Chengdu: China Daily. 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2012-05-15.