Khata

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This article is about the Tibetan scarf. 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 hadags tied to a stone stele at the former Manjusri Monastery, Mongolia

A khata (Tibetan: ཁ་བཏགས་; Dzongkha: བཀབ་ནས kapni, Mongolian: хадаг IPA: [χɑtɑk]) is a traditional ceremonial scarf in Tibetan Buddhism. It originated in Tibetan culture and is common in cultures and countries where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced.

The khata symbolizes purity and compassion and are worn or presented with incense at many ceremonial occasions, including births, weddings, funerals, graduations and the arrival or departure of guests. It is usually made of silk. Tibetan khatas are usually white, symbolising the pure heart of the giver,[1][2] though it is quite common to find yellow-gold khata as well. Tibetan and Bhutanese khatas feature the ashtamangala. There are also special multi-colored khatas. Mongolian khatas are usually blue, symbolizing the sky. In Mongolia, khatas 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.