Kangling is literally translated as “leg” (kang) “flute” (ling). It is the Tibetan name for a ritual trumpet made out of a human femur (thighbone). The Kangling is used together with chod drums and the Kapala by Buddhist lamas and tantric practitioners called ‘chodpa’ during the chod ceremony. Chod is a ceremony which is held in a cremation ground or sky burial site whose aim is to help in the cutting of attachment to the physical body and human existence. This Kangling is not a tourist item carved with designs on it’s exterior or covered with repouse metal, it is a true Crod Ritual item simple and ritually correct of the required bone. The bone has a great dark brown, black patina to be expected in a late 19th or early 20th century example, the sheen is consistent with age and attests to it’s authenticity.
12.5 inches long