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Tri Hita Karana Carved Bone Cabochon

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Named Tri Hita Karana for the three paths to wellbeing that Balinese people strive to follow through their lives, this beautiful artisan-carved bone cabochon would make a stunning pendant.

It also comes in a sheered version that you'll find here - http://www.etsy.com/listing/72901168/tri-hita-karana-no-2-bone-cabochon - and there's an amazing chocolate-coloured one that may just be too delicious to list.

These are all crafted exclusively for Indounik in Bali using a specially developed design.

They feature a spectacular wave surrounded by a traditional Balinese motif known as patra punggel.

Bali, predominently Hindu, is home to Indonesia's best carvers of bone, shell, horn, wood and stone and these cabs are made from cow bone sourced from neighbouring Java.

While Indian Hindus believe cows to be sacred, the Balinese have a different belief system which you can learn a little more about in the back story below.

Bone is a sturdy and versatile material that is durable enough to produce a treasured heirloom. It has been used for thousands of years to make jewelry, buttons and other adornments.

Worn against the skin over time, it will absorb the natural oils from your body and turn a golden honey colour.

Size: Approx 42mm (L) x 30mm (W) – 1½ (L) x 1 1/8 in
Thickness: Approx 3mm
Weight: Approx 5 grams
Pieces per pack: 1
Colour: Ivory (Putih)
Material: Cow bone, flat-backed, not drilled.
Shipping: This item will be shipped in a padded post pack to protect it and the cost of the pack is included in the shipping fee. Please see my shop policies before purchasing.
Extra info: There is one pair of these cabs suitable for earrings that you'll find here - http://www.etsy.com/listing/72910293/tri-hita-karana-carved-bone-earring

Tri Hita Karana refers to the three paths to life balance and well being - maintaining harmony with your fellow human beings, maintaining harmony with your god, and maintaining harmony with nature.

The Balinese endeavour to live by these life principles in a complex belief system that is rooted in their religion – Agama Hindu Dharma – that has evolved from the ancient Indian Hindu religion, from Buddhism and from pre-existing animist beliefs, including ancestor worship.

The religion is part of the very fibre of the life of most Balinese and they make ritual offerings to the gods several times a day. They also make offerings to agricultural deities and to spirits they believe occupy sacred trees and rocks.

Unlike Indian Hindus who worship cows as sacred beings, the Balinese use beef in their offerings to the gods and consume it afterward.

Ritual slaughter of animals is a fact of life in Bali but is tempered by the reverence of the Balinese for all living creatures.

They don't generally kill any living being unless it's for an offering and it is never wasted. After the essence of the offering has gone to the gods, the food is always consumed by family and friends. Suckling pig, known as babi guling, is a particular favourite.

You might be interested in this old article from the Jakarta Post on the divergence in practices between the Balinese and those who come from a more traditional Indian Hindu background - www.thejakartapost.com/news/2001/02/15/hare-krishnas-shake-balinese-hindus.html

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. ~ Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C

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Tri Hita Karana Carved Bone Cabochon