Art History Essay

Adrian in the evolve is directly defined as “seeing’ and in the Hindu tradition there is a main focus on religious seeing or visual perception of the sacred. When Hindus make a pilgrimage to the temple or worship, they are going to say, “I am going for 1 998, 3). In the Hindu religion, there is an emphasis on presenting yourself to the deity and to embrace their image as they see you. As you behold their image it is an act of worship, and you gain a blessing from the divine. They express that seeing the deity more than just seeing, it is more like “sacred seeing”.

Hindu worship is more than just prayers and offerings UT more so the total religious worship of body and mind. Adrian involves more than just seeing the deity but worshippers receive Dark?an from the locations they have occurred. Some worshippers walk or take transportation to where Adrian is held. Some locations are at the peak of Himalayas, the river of Gang, or mystical places that have an association with gods and goddesses. Worshippers receive Adrian from spiritual people for example when Mahatma Gandhi travels through India people will stop to take his Adrian.

Hindu worshippers have devoted themselves to the deity and fulfill heir obligations by taking Dark?an. 081216500The main way the deity and worshipper connect is through the eyes in a constant gaze. Indians believe that a constant gaze is shared through unblinking eyes. Many of the divine images are very striking because of the emphasis or exaggeration of their eyes. Specifically, when a worshipper presents himself or herself to the deity, the deity sees them as well. A famous image of a deity is of Krishna Jonathan whom has saucer like eyes.

Another deity is named Brahmas and has eyes all over its entire body and is also referred to as “Thousand-Eyes”. Seeing in India is also considered as touching with the deity and knowing. “The eye is the truth. If two people were to come disputing with each other… We should believe him who said ‘l have seen it,’ not him who has said ‘l have heard it’. This is basic human nature to believe what see with your own eyes because it is the absolute honest truth (Eek 1 998, 10). ” Therefore, seeing shows the truth and provides a person with more knowledge.

Hinduism is seen as a very imaginative religious tradition when they use “seeing” as part Of their rituals. Hinduism explicitly states that god is eminently visible but the problem for cost people is that they don’t have the ability to see the divine in their everyday lives. Hinduism has a strong belief of connecting with the divine in temple, nature, shrine, people, death, birth and every part of human life. Many people interpret Hinduism as spiritual, worldly religion that could be understood through a book.

On the other hand, when one experiences Dark©an first hand, they realize that Hinduism utilizes all five senses. For example “one ‘sees’ image of the deity (Adrian). One ‘touches’ it with ones hands and one also ‘touches’ the limbs of one’s own body to establish the residence of various deities. One ‘hears’ the sacred sound of the mantras (Eek 1 998, 11). ” They give all of their five senses to the deity to demonstrate their total devotion. When one’s receives Adrian they behold an image with the deity and the images are generally artistic images that have used since the beginning of time.

Iconography is literally using images to write visual texts before films and photography-entered media. Visual texts require more interpretation when being deciphered and this process provides more insight to the religion. The benefits of photography and film are that the mages can e mass-produced and understood across the world. Many people can understand the wonders of Hinduism in a universal Way. 01524000An interesting artwork that is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is called Shiva as Lord of Dance.

This artwork is from during the Chula period, 1 lath century and has a green copper color. The physical appearance of this art piece is the god Shiva has four extended arms and is surrounded by a symmetrical ring. The dimensions of the artwork are about 2 feet by 2 feet. With an understanding of Hinduism religion and culture, I have discovered that Shiva s the destroyer of the universe. Shiva is surrounded by a flaming halo, which he controls with in his upper left hand to protect the universe.

The god holds in his upper right hand a drum that made the first sounds of creation. The gesture with his lower right hand demonstrates the diminishing of fear and the creature he is stepping on symbolizes preventing mankind from going astray. (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014). Shiva defines a control in the continuum of life by having the ability to create and terminate life. A better understanding of Hinduism makes one appreciate and acknowledge the tatty of the artwork.

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