Mika means ‘bad mouthing’. ‘Mi’ means ‘bad’ and ‘kha’ means ‘mouth’ when the two syllables are used together. The full expressions for ‘bad mouth’ vis-à-vis slander or gossip, would be ‘gTam ngan mi kha’. Here ‘ngan’ means bad / evil / malicious, and ‘gTam ngan’ means spiteful speech and rumour mongering.
This series of five images shows the five sections of a mika flag. Such flags might be flown in any place where protection was sought against malicious gossip, slander and vituperate invective.
Aro Gar in America was given this flag by Ngakpa Dawa. It is printed from a wood block.