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One of the oldest types of 'medicine tools' from the shamanic traditions in the Himalayas is the phurba (phurbu or phurpa). Known variously as a demon dagger, magical knife, thunder nail, or diamond spike, this three-sided blade is a powerful ritual implement used by shamans, magicians, tantrikas (tantric practitioners), and lamas of different ethnic backgrounds and spiritual orientations. These daggers also were traditionally used to pin down demonic influences as part of a process of taming them. The triple blade represents the cutting through of the three root poisons of ignorance, desire and hatred.

The triple blade of the phurpa symbolizes the overcoming or cutting through of the three root poisons of ignorance, desire, and hatred, and also represents control over the three times of past, present and future. The triangular shape represents the element of fire and symbolizes wrathful activity. The tenacious grip of the makara-head at the top of the blade represents its ferocious activity. It can also be used as Yantra to store personal power and also for ritual protection to destroy demons in Tibetan mythology. They are one of the more occult items that has come from the Bonpo shaman religion of pre-Buddhist Tibet.
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