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What do the words on this bracelet translate to?

Asked by JessK (599points) December 29th, 2012

I bought this bracelet for my friend at a Tibetan/Himalayan gift shop, but unfortunately forgot to ask what it meant and in what language!

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gailcalled's avatar

Here’s what written modern Tibetian looks like. You have a challenge on your hands.

glacial's avatar

It might be easier to search for tibetan words that are likely to show up on a bracelet, like “peace”, “love”, “friend”, etc.

Or try doing image searches for tattoos of tibetan words. They’re probably working with the same vocabulary.

Jeruba's avatar

Well, the first character is om (aum) and appears to be a Tibetan version of this (which is actually a composite character, a + u + the dot standing for the nasal consonant). Tibetan is derived from Sanskrit, and the alphabet looks very similar to Devanagari but isn’t the same.

My guess is that it’s a prayer or mantra. But it isn’t “Om mane padme hum,” which looks like this. The character in the middle of your bracelet’s inscription is not in that mantra.

jaytkay's avatar

Google Translate does not include Tibetan. Too bad.

Instead I took a pic of the pic with Android’s Google Goggles. It suggested maybe it was this

Not helpful but mildly amusing

PhiNotPi's avatar

I’m pretty sure that it is “Om mani padme hum.”

Also, the various letters had to be crammed into a location of limited height, which would not allow the full detail of the various letters to be displayed. If you look at this inscription, you can see how tall each character is, and how detailed each letter is. If you want to write those words on a bracelet, you will have to leave out some detail.

The bracelet also appears to be slightly stylized. Look at how the letter “A” can be stylized: A A A A A.

morphail's avatar

It is Tibetan, probably ཨོཾམཎིཔདྨེཧཱུྃ oMmanipadmehUM

@Jeruba, Tibetan is not derived from Sanskrit, but the alphabets for both languages are related.

JessK's avatar

Every time I ask a question on Fluther I’m really blown away by the collection of knowledge here. Thanks everyone!

gailcalled's avatar

^^^ ཞུ་དགོས་ཡག་ཡོད་ཡོད་མ་རེད། (shu-goyak yaw maray)

morphail's avatar

@Jeruba the third letter does look like ཏི, but that would make it “mati” and I don’t think there is such a mantra. I think it’s probably ནི.

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