Tsa Tsas are a common sight in Bhutan especially if you are wandering around in the mountains. About 3 inches tall, and in the form of a cylindrical cone, Tsa Tsas are found in caves, or underneath rocks, and in those places sheltered from the elements. Mostly painted white, some can also be seen in gold and red. This nonchalant artifact is in fact a powerful expression of farewell for us Buddhist. In Bhutan, Tsa Tsas are moulded out of the ash collected from the cremation pyre. Commissioned by the bereaved family, and made by monks over special religious ceremonies, Tsa Tsas serve to memorialize those who have passed on.
From album: Bhutan