Metal, lead, wood and paper
This hand prayer wheel is from Tibet, where it is called a 'mani lag khor'. It has a wooden handle and contains two paper prayer scrolls on which 'mantras', or prayers, are written. Prayer wheels are spun by Buddhists as a way of repeating mantras for spiritual benefit. The lead weight hanging on the chain from the drum allows it to spin more quickly.
Buddhists believe that each rotation of the wheel, and therefore the mantras inside it, is as spiritually rewarding as reciting the mantra aloud. Wheels are generally spun clockwise, since this direction is considered to bring good fortune.
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