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Ancestor Worship Around the World

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ancestor worship is a religious practice based on the belief that deceased family members have a continued existence, that the spirits of deceased ancestors will look after the family, take an interest in the affairs of the world, and possess the ability to influence the fortune of the living. Ancestor worship is everywhere in the world. We may not always acknowledge the practice as a religious practice or a form of worship, but each time we look at a photo of a dear deceased relative or even an important historical figure, and ask what they would do under a particular set of circumstances we are engaging in this sort of veneration, or worship, which could also be described as a connection....

Appreciating Buddhist Art

Friday, January 20, 2017

If you’ve ever taken a trip to Asia and visited Buddhist temples you have surely come across different depictions of Buddha. We may recognize him whether he is standing, sitting or lying down. Sometimes he wears a jeweled crown. At other times, rays of light called a mandorla radiate from behind his head. His eyes may be or open or closed; he may hold objects in his hands; and he may be made from different materials such as copper, iron, gold or jade. He may be painted white, blue, yellow or red; have a normal complement of body parts or multiple heads and arms. He may be tall and thin or short and fat – but let’s stop here. To a casual observer, the many depictions of Buddha can be confusing; and in fact, what looks like Buddha is often not Buddha at all....

Brian Sindler - Beyond Plein Air Painting

Friday, January 13, 2017

Brian Sindler is an award-winning contemporary plein air artist yet his works encompass a far greater depth and complexity than traditional landscape painting. Conveying mood and emotion through evocative shapes, colors and the effects of light, his works never fail to capture the viewer's mind and imagination....

Jeweled Finery - Ladakh Ceremonial Attire

Thursday, January 05, 2017

This blog describes Buddhist Ceremonial attire inlaid with semi-precious stones from Ladakh, India...

Savoring a Scent - PRIMITIVE PURE Incense

Friday, December 30, 2016

This blog is about the PRIMITIVE PURE brand of incense. Agar Wood is part of the perfume world’s great “floracopia,” except in the science of scent it is known primarily as Oud. Beyond a pleasant, engaging smell, this singular component can calm the nervous system and bring about a sense of sensuality and love....

Piecing It Together - When Does A Collection Become A Work Of Art?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Individual collectible objects may be imbued with a unique history and story to tell, but when they become part of a collection their status is elevated and the collection itself can become a work of art. Stated differently, a collection can be considered a singular work of art worthy of experience....

Interior Fusion – The Influence of Asian Art on Western Interior Design

Friday, December 16, 2016

A new movement has surfaced in the interior design world; eclecticism. This style combines the fashions and designs of multiple periods, from ancient to contemporary and East to West. Eclecticism aims to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, which echoes certain concepts behind an ancient Chinese philosophy called Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system designed to create harmony between the individual and their environment....

The Power of Belief – Altars and Altar Objects

Friday, December 09, 2016

This post describes the purpose of the Altar, and it's use by humans to as a sacred space where the living world can touch the divine....

Buddha Room Paintings – The 12 Stages of Buddha’s Life

Friday, November 25, 2016

This blog explains paintings illustrating the 12 stages of Buddha’s Life, also known as the 12 Deeds, as seen only in the Buddha Room at Primitive, Chicago....

Ancient Animals – Symbolism of Chinese Mythological Creatures

Friday, November 18, 2016

This blog deals with the symbolism of ancient Chinese mythological creatures as they have been illustrated in a multitude of Chinese arts....

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  1. Ancestor Worship Around the World Glen Joffe 10-Feb-2017
  2. Appreciating Buddhist Art Glen Joffe 20-Jan-2017
  3. Brian Sindler - Beyond Plein Air Painting Glen Joffe 13-Jan-2017
  4. Jeweled Finery - Ladakh Ceremonial Attire Glen Joffe 05-Jan-2017
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“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER