The wind horse, or lung ta, is a Tibetan myth which existed pre-Buddhism, according to the website View on Buddhism. In this myth, the wind horse carries prayers to heaven using the swiftness of winds and the strength of horses.
In modern Buddhism, the wind horse indicates success and the fulfilment of prayers. It also symbolises good fortune and plenty of opportunities. When the wind horse is not nearby, the Buddhist believes he faces greater obstacles and setbacks.
One of the ways to ensure that the Buddhist achieves his desired goals is to use wind horse prayer flags. These are highly detailed flags which often feature a picture of the wind horse surrounded by images of dragons, lions and tigers.
Buddhists also believe they can have their prayers answered by writing them on pieces of paper and then tossing them into the air from a high, snowy peak. This ensures the prayers land in the snow and are not trodden on.
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