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History of ancient Buddhist relics

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In Buddhism, sarira or Sheli, refer to the bones and the pearl-like beads found among the cremated ashes of Buddhist spiritual masters. We now take a look at the history of these relics.

Shelis are believed to embody the spiritual knowledge, teachings and realizations of Buddhist spiritual masters. They are perceived as evidence of masters' enlightenment and spiritual purity.

Some believe the beauty of the Buddhist relic depends on how well the masters had cultivated their mind and souls.

Their occurrence is not restricted to ancient times, or even humans or masters.

According to legend, when Supreme Buddha Sakyamuni died two and a half thousand years ago, his disciples found one skull, two regular bones, four teeth, one section of his middle finger phalanx and 84-thousand pearl-like Shelis from the cremated ashes.

After the Sakyamuni's death, the relics were divided into eight portions by eight kings. They brought these divine objects back to their countries and built temples for Buddhists to worship.

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