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The Unexplained Mystery of Buddha Hair

Seated upon a stone bench in the corner of an ivy garden, this Buddha meditates with calm reflection of the peaceful and beautiful scene around him. It is very popular to position Buddha statues in gardens. They serve to remind the casual garden wanderer that the garden is a perfect place for personal reflection.

The Buddha statues you see in a garden are often varied in size, color and origin. The Buddha’s teachings traveled all over India and into China. From China it moved wherever the traveling missionaries/monks went.   Some took the teachings into the countries of the Southeast Asian peninsula, while others went through the Korean kingdoms into the Japanese Isles.

Thus, we find all sorts of versions of Buddha statues. Some are fat, some thin, some happy, some sleeping, and some wearing strange ornamentation on their heads. The key is that no one has any idea what the actual Buddha looked like.   We often forget in our technologically dependent civilization, that cameras and photography are not even 200 old years.   So, these statues are decent representations of people whom received the rank of enlightenment known as a Buddha.

This particular Buddha has the characteristic snail Buddha Statue in Gardenknots on his head. It is lost to history and speculation about what, if anything, the strange bumps actually represent. Historians know that the Buddha shaved his head after he became enlightened. According to a logical earthly artistic interpretation, the bumps therefore show the artists were artistically attempting to display the short curls of the Buddha as the hair grew back in.

However, since the Buddha is often seen in a spiritual nature, it makes sense that there is a story that covers this characteristic also. Indeed, there is a popular story of garden snails who martyr themselves to the sun while protecting Buddha’s shaved head from sunburn as he meditated in the garden one day.

It was also thought that upon enlightenment you would receive a cranial bump that signified your advancement into higher levels of thinking. One possible interpretation being that bigger thinking needs bigger brains that have bigger skulls. Therefore, the Buddha could have all these bumps to signify how spiritually advanced he was.

Regardless of your interpretation, the Buddha statue remains one of the focal points to most gardens. A simple reminder that harmony and peace should exist there.

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5 Ways to Decorate with Photography

People are always interested in finding new ways to decorate a room or even a whole house.   Photography gives the everyday person and professional interior designers a new tool in their design and decorating arsenal.

  • Mugs – Mugs and ceramics are a great choice   in a number of styles and functions. You can buy ceramics with your favorite picture or even fine art printed on the side. Placing photographs on everything from steins to bone china serve a dual purpose. I love the idea that I can use my art.  It decorates but also has a purpose.
  • Magnets – these aren’t just tourist magnets on your refrigerator anymore. Magnets placed on file cabinets, metal desks, metal baskets, even dry erase boards add a decorative and functional touch to the business or home office.
  • Calendars – Calendars come in all variety and styles and are everyday items found decorating most  kitchens or offices.  Once again it has both a function and an artistic value that gives it added value people are looking for.  A different picture displayed every month will add that special missing decorative element missing from a room.
  • Canvas –   These are popular at all the local fine art fairs.  The technology of putting a photograph on a printed stretched canvas has improved greatly over the last few years. Want to put a fine art landscape scene in a room?  Try a canvassed photograph and be surprised at the results.
  • Framed Fine Art – The classical photographic print.  They come in different sizes and shapes.  Placing a nice close up picture of a flower is very practical and modern. Choosing a sepia or black and white photograph highlights the artistic shades of color and movement in a rooms décor.   It gives a look that provides links to the past or modernize and update the antique to the present.

People wanting to change a room, or just give a space a wow factor use photographs.  They easily fit in places where paintings and other traditional poster print just won’t fit.

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