A kapala is a cup made from a human skull used as a ritual tool in Hindu Tantra and Buddhist Tantra. They were often carved or elaborately encased with precious metals and jewels.

{Kapalas are used mainly for esoteric purposes such as rituals. Among the rituals using kampalas are: higher tantric meditation to achieve a transcendental state of thought and mind within the shortest possible time; libation to gods and deities to win their favor; by Tibetan Lamas as an offering bowl on the altar, filled with wine or blood as a gift to the Yidam Deity or all the Deities; and the Vajrayana empowerment ceremony.} http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapala


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