Saraswati - Hindu Goddess of Knowledge, Music and the Arts

Saraswati - Hindu Goddess of Knowledge, Music and the Arts

Added over 6 years ago

Saraswati is the beloved Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and the arts.  Originating as a river goddess of the ancient Harappan Civilization, she transcended her earthly origins to become the very embodiment of culture and civilization.

Pictured here is an 18th Century Thangka from the Khan Region of Eastern Tibet depicting Saraswati.  Mineral pigments and gold on cloth.  From the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Tārā - A Beautiful Goddess for a Not-So-Beautiful World

Tārā - A Beautiful Goddess for a Not-So-Beautiful World

Added over 7 years ago

Tārā is an important goddess or bodhisattva in both the Buddhist and Hindu faiths, representing compassion, empathy and the resolution of enlightened action.  Almost unique amongst the male-dominated plethora of Buddhist deities, Tārā has chosen to maintain female form, and thus holds a special relevance to women in the western world and 21st century feminists alike...

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Life in India: The Practice of Sati or Widow Burning

Life in India: The Practice of Sati or Widow Burning

Added over 7 years ago

In this age of ascending feminism and focus on equality and human rights, it is difficult to assimilate the Hindu practice of sati, the burning to death of a widow on her husband's funeral pyre, into our modern world.  Indeed, the practice is outlawed and illegal in today's India, yet it occurs up to the present day and is still regarded by some Hindus as the ultimate form of womanly devotion and sacrifice...

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Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism - The Meaning of Om

Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism - The Meaning of Om

Added over 7 years ago

The latest entry in our ongoing compendium of eastern Asian ritual objects and deities.  Find them all summarised here...

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Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism - the Swastika

Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism - the Swastika

Added over 8 years ago

The latest entry in our ongoing compendium of eastern Asian ritual objects and deities...you can find the entire Compendium here in the Articles section.

Pictured here is the left-facing swastika set into a Roman mosaic, 2nd century A.D., Tunisia.  The Romans considered the swastika to be a symbol of perpetual motion as well as a symbol of luck.

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Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism - the Mandala

Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism - the Mandala

Added over 8 years ago

The latest entry in Kashgar's ongoing compendium of eastern Asian ritual objects and deities...you can find the entire Compendium here in the Articles section.

Pictured is a simple but striking mandala made of sterling silver and worn as a pendant around the neck.  Mandalas can be constructed from many different materials including sand, stone or precious metals; set into buildings as architectural motifs or incorporated as paintings into artwork, and it is the latter that are usually the most complex and breathtaking in design...

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Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism - the Bell, Viswa Vajra, Eight Auspicious Symbols, Om Mani Padme Hum Mantra and the Prayer Wheel

Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism - the Bell, Viswa Vajra, Eight Auspicious Symbols, Om Mani Padme Hum Mantra and the Prayer Wheel

Added over 8 years ago

The second entry in Kashgar's ongoing compendium of eastern Asian ritual objects and deities...please see the entire Compendium in the Articles section

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Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism

Ritual Objects of Buddhism and Hinduism

Added over 8 years ago

An ongoing compendium of eastern Asian ritual objects, symbols and principals: primarily those of the Buddhist and Hindu faiths but also encompassing aspects of some of the lesser known religions of Asia, for example Jainism and Sikhism.  This compendium is updated regularly with new entries and information.

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The Hindu God Ganesh - Who is this Elephant Headed Deity Anyway?

The Hindu God Ganesh - Who is this Elephant Headed Deity Anyway?

Added over 9 years ago

Ganesh is one of the best known and loved deities in the Hindu pantheon of gods, and indeed is the most recognized of the Hindu gods outside of India. But who is this elephant headed fellow, and why is he so popular?

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