Temple hanging

This large temple hanging, or kalamkari, illustrates scenes from the Hindu epic The Ramayana, which tells the story of Rama, a legendary king and incarnation of the god Vishnu. Among the many scenes are several red, multi-headed figures wielding swords, and a blue female reclining on a coiled, five-headed snake.


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    Asia: South Asia, India, Western India, Gujarat

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If you were to draw or tell your story in the style of this hanging, what would it look like?

responded: Sep 19, 2011

Posted by Daniel Salij

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Center Circle: Representing the Universe. A growing mass of dense elements prior to the creation of a Sun/Solar System. First Level: Representing the potential. This level contains wound, spiraled strands which act as a dividing line between Nothingness and Infinity. On one side we find it blank and empty, and the other overflowing with activity. Second Level: Representing the multiple variations of life. This would contain images of the four elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire, interwoven through the seasonal, natural, pictures. Third Level: Representing the cultivation of the mind. This is the level of the prophets and the sages. Sitting in meditation, or partaking in the harmony of yoga. It is diligence and determination. Fourth Level: Representing the methods of expressions. This level would hold pictures of the poets and musicians, the artists and philosophers in discussion and debate. Fifth Level: Representing the desires of the flesh. Sex, food, money, and drug. The exterior and outermost shell of my being. Furthest from the core, but the basis of most first impressions.

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