Prayer flags are from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. They are a common sight around villages and houses, at temples and mountain passes throughout Buddhist India, Nepal and China. The prayer flags are block-printed with excerpts of Buddhist texts, mantras, and mystical animals. The windhorse, carrying the wish-fulfilling jewel on its back, is often in the center. As the wind passes through the prayer flags, prayers and blessings are spread throughout the countryside.