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The food sacrifice

The tshog or celebration sacrifice is a food sacrifice and usually consists of a mixture of barley flour, butter, brown sugar and locally produced alcohol. The tip of the cone-shaped tshog stands for wisdom, the round bottom area for peace. Sometimes edible tshog made of cake dough and fruit is offered, but the rule is that fruit and sweets are only added to the sacrifice proper.


The whole arrangement is offered under prayers to the »Field of Merits «, the assembly of all buddhas, bodhisattvas*, meditation deities and other sacred figures.

This ceremony forms a fixed part of most rituals. At the end the sacrifices are handed out to the participants as blessed food.

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The best food that is available is lovingly arranged around the cone-shaped central part, which is usually made out of dough.
Photo by Christian Schicklgruber