I have been making these little bowls. Somewhere...somehow I heard a story about people who carried begging bowls or gave begging bowls ...I know the monks do throughout Asia. But this story was not about them. It was something to do with the giving of a begging bowl as a gift and also the having and holding it would attract what you needed or were looking for. This was not in a monenetary sense. It was a point of focus and reflection. Anyway, I am enjoying making them.