Tibetan Thankas and Thai Precious Gems
- First; does anyone know what the Precious Gems are at the feet of many
different figures in Tibetan Buddhist Thankas? They are usually a
small pile of orbs that are in many colors.
Secondly; in Thailand and I've since found out, several other places in
Southeast Asia and even further north, there is something referred to
as a Precious Gem, that comes from the ashes of a wise, quite possibly
enlightened person. They are called sarira/sharira. They are round,
and come in many colors and these colors can change, due to what
circumstances, I haven't found anyone to answer that either.
Lastly; is it possible that the Precious Gems in Tibetan iconography
and the Precious Gems of Southeast Asia are the same? And please,
don't answer with "could be" or "interesting idea" ... it would be nice
if someone placed some thought to this, as I have.
Thank you deeply, each one,