By James Hall
A spouse quantity to James Hall's perennial vendor Dictionary of matters and emblems in artwork, which bargains with the topic of Christian and Western paintings, the current quantity comprises the paintings of Egypt, the traditional close to East, Christian and classical Europe, India and the a long way East. corridor explores the language of symbols in paintings, exhibiting how work, drawings, and sculpture show many colors of which means from uncomplicated, daily hopes and fears to the profoundest philosophical and non secular aspirations. The e-book explains and translates symbols from many cultures, and over six hundred illustrations make clear and supplement the textual content.
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32 Elephants figure in Hindu and Buddhist art wherever those religions established themselves. In Hindu creation myths the white elephant, Airavata, the mount of INDRA, was born from the churning of the milky ocean" (alternatively from a golden egg in the hand of BRAHMA34). It was followed by fifteen more who support the universe on their backs at the eight principal compass points (Temple of Shiva, Elura, 8th cent. AD). Pure albino elephants exist and are especially sacred: rain-bearing clouds are imagined to be heavenly white elephants and have wings.
They are a popular subject with painters. ' The horse has had an important place in Japanese myths, folktales and religious rites. It was once the custom to present a horse to the temple of Shinto gods, a black one to ask the deity for rain, white for fair weather. Subsequently a painting of the animal on wood was substituted (the ema). These votive offerings are widely seen in Shinto temples. Sacred white horses are kept in the stables of some temples. At an annual festival at Usakajinja the temple horses were made scapegoats for adulteresses who confessed, and were chased and beaten [iff, The winged horse of Greek mythology is Pegasus, the offspring of Medusa and Poseidon/Neptune, lord of the sea; alternatively it sprang from the blood of Medusa when she died.
The Taoist Queen Mother of the West, HSI WANG MU, sometimes rides on a peacock but more often on a CRANE. A sage riding a peacock, in Japanese painting, is Kujaku-Myo-O, a Buddha of healing, thought to be derived from VAIROCANA. In the West, it is said that peacocks were kept at the ancient temple of HERA/JUNO at Samos, perhaps the earliest links between the goddess and her principal sacred attribute. 65 It was also believed that to eat its flesh was an antidote to poisons, especially snake-bite, from the fact that peacocks attack and devour snakes.