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Tibetan Prayer Boxes, Gau

Tibetan Prayer Boxes, Lockets, Buddhist Ghau, Amulets


A prayer box, Gau (also spelled Ghau or Gao), is a Tibetan Buddhist amulet container made of metal and worn as jewelry. As a small container used to hold and carry powerful amuletic objects, the Gau is culturally equivalent to Latin American package amulets, African-American conjure bags or mojo hands, South American charm vials, and American wish boxes. As used in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia, the Gau box usually contains a written prayer or a sacred mantra diagram such as the kalachakra. The prayers and mantras are usually hand inscribed or block-printed by a priest and they are always blessed before use. We also have empty lockets, perfect for inserting your own prayer or memorabilia inside.

We also have a Tibetan pendants section and a jade pendants section if you would like to check those out.

Please check out our jewelry accessories section for necklace cords made from leather, cotton, and sterling silver, and jewelry gift bags.