Tibetan Prayer flags available in 2 sizes and 2 fabrics. The Flags are the traditional colors of yellow, white, red, blue, and green. 1. Wind Horse Prayer Flags, Cotton, String of 25. Each flag is 7.75" (19.5cm) wide x 5.5" (14cm) long. Full string is approx 16 foot long. 2. Mini Prayer Flags, cotton, string of 10, variety of symbols- buddha, kwan yin, windhorse. Each flag is 4.5" (11 cm) wide x 5" (12 cm) long, full string is 3.5 foot long. 3. OUT OF STOCK- Wind Horse Prayer Flags, Silk, String of 10. Each flag is 7.5" (19.1cm) wide x 9" (22.9cm) long. Full string is approx 7.5 foot long. ABOUT PRAYER FLAGS The prayer flag tradition has a long continuous history dating back to ancient Tibet, China, Persia and India. The meanings behind prayer flag texts and symbols, indeed behind the whole idea of prayer flags, are based on the most profound concepts of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. The ancient Buddhist prayers, mantras and powerful symbols displayed on Prayer Flags produce a spiritual vibration that is activated and carried by the wind across the countryside. All beings that are touched by the wind are uplifted and a little happier. The silent prayers are blessings spoken on the breath of nature. Just as a drop of water can permeate the ocean, prayers dissolved in the wind extend to fill all of space. The most common prayer flag is Wind Horse (Lung- ta). Their purpose is to raise the good fortune energy of the beings in the vicinity of the prayer flag. The wind horse, usually in pictorial form, always occupies the center of this flag. The outside corners of the flag is always guarded by the four great animals - the garuda, dragon, tiger and snow lion - either in pictorial form or in written word. 0The texts on the flags differ; usually a collection of various mantras or a short sutra. The Victory Banner Sutra (Gyaltsen Semo) is the most popular. Raising Prayer Flags Prayer flags on ropes are printed on 5 different colors of cloth (yellow, green, red, white and blue) so sets are always in multiples of 5. Placing prayer flags in and around one's home or business imparts a feeling of harmony, increases the spiritual atmosphere and brings to mind the teachings of enlightenment. By placing prayer flags outdoors their sacred mantras are imprinted on the wind, generating peace and good wishes.Ropes of prayer flags can be strung horizontally between two trees (the higher the better), between house columns or along the eaves of roofs. When raising prayer flags proper intent is important. If they are put up with the attitude "I will benefit from doing this"- the benefits will be small and narrow. If the attitude is “May all beings everywhere receive benefit and find happiness,” the virtue generated by such motivation greatly increases the power of the prayers. Tibetan tradition considers prayer flags to be holy. Because they contain sacred texts and symbols they should be treated respectfully. They should not be placed on the ground or put in the trash. When disposing of old prayer flags the traditional way is to burn them so that the smoke may carry their blessings to the heavens.