In ancient China during the Shang dynasty, ox bone was used as a form of pyromancy or a form of divination where the psychics or diviners would use the bone to carve questions regarding future weather, crop planting, the fortunes of members of the royal family etc to the various deities. They will then interpret the cracks on the bone after applying intense heat on the bone.
Generally, the ox bone is still very much revered today in many parts of the world though the purpose differ from one culture to another. Some communities such as the Tibetans, Maoris and the Hawaiians use the ox bone to carve intricate jewelries.
Some turtle necklaces are also carved from ox or yak bones. But regardless of the material it is made of, the turtle jewelry carries its unique symbolism. In reality, the turtle has few predators, which gives it a kind of "innocent" energy. Turtles generally have a long lifespan, hence they hold the symbolic meaning for longevity in many cultures. Because of its seemingly wide-eyed, long-lived, carefree attitude the turtle is often thought to be the wisest of souls among the animal kingdom. We would all do well to take this as a lesson and move at our own pace as the turtle does.
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