Creating Sacred Space – Building a Meditation Room

Friday, August 04, 2017

This blog describes the restoration, repurposing, and rebuilding of an exterior stone facade salvaged from an earthquake as a complete interior environment called The Meditation Room...

Traditional Narrative Art - Balinese Temple Paintings

Friday, June 30, 2017

The island of Bali is in Indonesia. While it can be described as an island paradise featuring extraordinary natural vistas and scenes of great beauty on both a grand and intimate scale, it is also home to one of the most complex and engaging cultures in the world. While the rest of Indonesia is Islamic, Bali is Hindu. However, Hinduism as practiced on Bali is endemic to the island alone. It is a mixture of traditional Hinduism as it is found in India, Buddhism, ancient animistic beliefs and magical practices prevalent among the Balinese themselves. Religion on Bali is filled with Hindu and Buddhist gods and demi-gods, culture heroes, mythological creatures, demons and personages from great epic poems, countless ancestral spirits, and local deities. All these are woven together into a complex system pervading every aspect of Balinese life....

Lost in the Depths – Tantric Lingams from the Narmada River

Friday, March 24, 2017

Tantric lingams, also called Banalinga, can only be found at the bottom of the Narmada River in India. Considered one of the seven holy rivers, the Narmada and the lingams found there have been considered sacred objects for thousands of years. Today they are highly sought after collectibles worldwide but are quickly becoming endangered by a monumental project to dam the Narmada river. Soon they will be lost forever....

Fascination with Death – Skull Symbolism

Friday, October 21, 2016

What happens when we draw our final breath? Nobody knows the answer – except the dead. Yet death has fascinated the living for thousands of years. Burials were one of the earliest human rituals, indicating reverence toward the dead and whatever lay beyond....

The Art of Faith – Mexican Retablos

Friday, June 17, 2016

One of the most delicate subjects to talk about is faith – yet everywhere we go, it is present. It might even be said faith is a universal concept, even if how it is applied may differ. One person has faith in one religion, one person another religion; one person believes in one particular god, another believes something altogether different....

Can an Inanimate Object Have a Soul? – Tibetan Gao Prayer Boxes

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gao prayer boxes from Tibet are essentially protective amulets. Most often they feature Buddhist engravings such as the Wheel of Time, or in some larger boxes, small statues of Buddha are enshrined inside. Many people in Tibet wear a small Gao around their neck or keep a larger one in a home, believing in a power beyond their control residing inside the Gao...

Keeping the Faith – Russian Old Believer Icons

Friday, November 14, 2014

In the late 17th century, a group of Russian Christians called the Old Believers refused to accept new reforms made to the Orthodox Church. Though they were prosecuted and exiled as a result, the Old Believers practiced what they believed to be the original Orthodox teachings, which included the creation of metal icons in an ancient style that reaches back as far as the age of Constantinople...

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