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Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to 'gods,' a common misconception, rather the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all.
By hanging flags in high places the "Wind Horse" will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings. As wind passes over the surface of the flags which are sensitive to the slightest movement of the wind, the air is purified and sanctified by the Mantras.
The prayers of a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from exposure to the elements. Just as life moves on and is replaced by new life, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually mounting new flags alongside the old. This act symbolizes a welcoming of life changes and an acknowledgment that all beings are part of a greater ongoing cycle.
Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of the five colors. The five colors represent the elements,[1]the Five Pure Lights, and are arranged from left to right in a specific order. Each of the elements is associated with a color for specific traditions, purposes and sadhana:

Blue (symbolizing sky/space)
White (symbolizing air/wind)
Red (symbolizing fire)
Green (symbolizing water)
Yellow (symbolising earth)

Credit New World Encycloped

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  • Copyright: Tony Mok (TMLH) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 102 N: 458] (2496)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2016-07-15
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/2, 2 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2016-08-11 8:00
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