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20th C. Tibetan Antique Pair Clay Tsa tsa statues.
Tibetan people believe that making tsa tsas is a merit accumulating action. As holy objects, tsa tsas can be found inside stupas, prayer wheel niches, holy caves and monastery altars or beside holy mountains, holy lakes and other holy sites. Small tsa tsas can be put inside a portable amulet shrine (called Gau in Tibetan) and taken as amulets by those traveling. Making tsatsa is a compulsory skill of monks in Tibetan monasteries.