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Unique Tantrik Bamboo Root Mask

Forest Shamen "Ban Jhankri" - from Thailand!

Collectibles!

  • A unique mask carved from the root of a bamboo tree
  • Individually hand-carved
  • Each one is unique - one-of-a-kind!
  • High quality carving is enhanced by a finish
  • "Hair" formed naturally by the root itself
  • An attractive piece - primitive, tribal and beautiful at the same time
  • The rich wood and earth tones will fit in with most color schemes
  • Can be used as decoration for both interior and as a garden decoration
  • Suited for hanging outdoors or indoors
  • Brings prosperity, piece and harmony into your life
  • Makes very special present
  • See available designs

What are Ban Jhankri Masks? Ban Jhankri literally means "Forest Shamen". These Tribal Masks were traditionally hand-carved by shamens of Nepal who lived deep in the remote areas of the Himalaya and hanged them in their house walls for peace and room decoration.

How are they made? The masks are hand carved from the roots of a bamboo plant, after the tops have been harvested for other uses. First the bamboo is carefully extracted from the ground, keeping the roots intact. Then the bamboo is dried for months. Finally, expert craftspeople carefully carve each mask individually which makes each one a unique masterpiece.

In the left picture you see the back of the Mask, showing root structure of the bamboo.

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Special properties and Feng Shui

Bamboo, one of the "good friends in the cold years", has been popular among poets, artists and handicraftsmen since early ages. The common bamboo provides a super beauty sense and a unique piece of art.

Bamboo Root Masks express the nature of the earth and become a joyful guardian spirit for your home, garden or office. In Feng Shui terms - they bring "much good luck". Feng shui is the idea of living in harmony and balance with our environment and dates back over 7000 years. It is the study of energy (Chi) and how it's circulation affects people. The circulation of this invisible energy can be blocked or distorted by our environment, thus creating Shar Chi (or negative energy). They say these masks unblock Chi and provide good fortune and harmony in your home or business.

See available designs below...

Historical note

Original ancient Shamen masks

From "Faith Healers in the Himalaya" by Casper J. Miller:

"...Pointing to his dhyangro and using it as a symbol of the jhankri vocation Anirudra says that all of this came from Mahadev, and in the following way Mahadev fell sick and needed someone to blow on him and cure him; so in a dream he gave a mantra and caused a disciple to come down to his aid. Thus Mahadev recovered his health... This first disciple, the one made by Mahadev to cure himself, was a ban-jhankri..."

From "Encounters with Ban Jhankri: Shamanic Initiation" by Abduction in Nepal by Leslie Conton, Fairhaven College

"...The ban jhankri (forest shaman) is both spirit and deity, as well as an accepted reality for most indigenous Nepali ethnic groups. The ban jhankri are said by many to be small creatures, hairy and golden, master healers and teachers of shamans. Those whom are "chosen" by the ban jhankri to be future shamans, are abducted and often taken to caves where the initiates receive shamanic training and instruction. The novice, who is typically young but may be an adult, is later returned to his/her community, several hours, days, or (rarely) weeks after being abducted. At this point, sometimes the initiate finds a human guru (teacher) from whom to continue to learn ritual methods and techniques of accessing spirit (i.e. ecstasy, trance, possession), but sometimes their training continues only through the agency of spirits, including contact with the initiating ban jhankri. Culturally, such experiences of "spontaneous election" are regarded as proof of being "chosen by spirits," and hence, endow these jhankri with special status; those shamans so chosen are themselves referred to as ban jhankri, distinguishing them from other kinds of jhankri. Representative oral texts of the shamans describe individual experiences of consciousness transformation through these encounters with ban jhankri. These spiritual experiences will be examined in light of other cross-cultural shamanic initiatory processes..."

Available designs

The masks we have in our collection are the most impressive and funniest faces. Each bamboo face is unique. The large faces are in the range of 7 to 8" wide by 12 to 16" tall. The "head" itself averages 6-7" inches tall. Overall, they average about 12-20" (with hair) from the top to the bottom. Some roots have natural splits in the root - this is not a defect.

Since these are made by hand, there are subtle differences in each mask as each root is different, and the artist was creating them idividually, each mask has a unique character. The faces in the pictures on this page are representatives of the masks you will receive. Because they are hand carved, and not manufactured, the actual face, root arrangement, and size of the "hair" may vary.

#2283 - $29.95

#2328 - $39.95

#2307 - $29.95

#2307 - $29.95

#2296 - $29.95

#2296 - $29.95

#2311 - $29.95

#2304 - $29.95

#2288 - $39.95

#2305 - $39.95

#2292 - $29.95

#2282 - $29.95

#2317 - $29.95

#2317 - $29.95

#2322 - $39.95

#2322 - $39.95

#2322 - $29.95

 

#2299 - $39.95

#2299 - $39.95

#2299 - $39.95

#2303 - $39.95 (1 mask)

#2321 - $49.95

#2321 - $49.95

#2320 - $39.95

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#2326 - $39.95

#2300 - $39.95

#2300 - $39.95

#2300 - $39.95

#2300 - $39.95

#2325 - $49.95

#2325 - $49.95

#2327 - $39.95

#2289 - $39.95

#2302 - $29.95

For the Christmas season, we have decorated some of them as Santas...
Have a happy and peaceful Holday Season and enjoy your gifts!

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