15 oct c - Arts of Southeast Asia Arts of Central and...

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Arts of Southeast Asia Arts of Central and Western Asia
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Walking Buddha (14 th  century) bronze 7’ 2 ½” tall Sukhothai Different doctrinal practices and meditative disciplines within Buddhism are represented by various attributes.  These attributes may be specific to a type of Buddhist practice or tradition,  specific to a region in which a practice flourishes, or both. The position of the Buddha’s hand is called “mudra.”  The topknot is called the urshnisha and originated as a cranial bump that signifies divine knowledge.  In some representations, a tuft of hair between the eyebrows, called urna, becomes a single brow.   To some Buddhist devotees, the small curls on  the Buddha’s head represent snails that had crawled atop Gautama’s head to protect  him from the sun while he meditated on a hot,  clear summer day.
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Mudra  = gestures used to convey messages  from the representation of the Buddha to the  devotee. let the earth
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2009 for the course ARTS 150 taught by Professor Caffey during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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