The word Kangling literally translates to "leg" (kang) "flute" (ling). It is the Tibetan name for a trumpet used for various chöd rituals, and is made from a human femur. The femur is typically acquired from a criminal, a person who died a violent death, or a respected teacher. The Kangling is played as a gesture of fearlessness, to summon hungry spirits and demons in order for them to satisfy their hunger and relieve their suffering.


This antique Kangling is beautifully decorated with brass and turquoise embellishments, and an unknown type of leather covering the front end. This piece is in excellent condition overall, though a few of the small turquoise beads are missing. It is a fascinating example of master craftsmanship, and is quite impressive.


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Tibetan Kangling - Human Femur Flute