Category Archives: Zhang Zhung Language

In the Language of Zhang Zhung: MU RA TA HEN

The Zhang Zhung language was a written and spoken language which predates the Tibetan language. In ancient times, the Yungdrung Bön scriptures were translated from Zhang Zhung into Tibetan, as well as many other language such as Chinese and Sanskrit.

There remains examples of the Zhang Zhung language throughout the texts. This Zhang Zhung language reference to Tönpa Shenrap Miwo, Buddha and founder of the Yungdrung Bön religious tradition, occurs twice within the commonly practiced one hundred syllable mantra.

In the Language of Zhang Zhung…

The Language of Zhang Zhung

Fire puja offerings photo Geshe Kunchap 2014 11These boards with mantras written in gold were created in order to be offered during the fire ritual of the Yungdrung Bön tradition,   These mantras are written using the ancient Zhang Zhung script.

Learning Zhang Zhung: Mutsuk Marro!

The phrase “Mutsuk Marro!” is from the Zhang Zhung language and means ‘Auspiciousness and good health’.  Here, it is written using the Tibetan script.  In the Yungdrung Bön tradition, this phrase often occurs at the conclusion of a text as an aspirational ending.

Zhang Zhung Element Syllables

5 elements ZZ edit

Here, the seed syllables of the five elements of space, air, fire, water and earth are written in the Zhang Zhung mar chen script.  From left to right, the seed syllables are AH, YANG, RAM, MANG, AND KHAM.

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