Hindu Religious Art Analysis

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Religious Art of the Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist traditions

One of main characteristics of religious art that makes it different from other forms of modern art or contemporary art is the art is being used to convey some sort of religious concept with the intention instructing, reminding, and edifying. In the various statues of Ganeshia, son of Shiva the followers of the Hindu faith are instructed in the ways to overcome Mayan or the dream that they live in. Embedded in the statue are symbols to be understood by its seers. Small eyes and big ears remind followers of the value on talking less and listening more. The axe clutched in Vishnu’s hand teaches Hindus that cutting off worldly attachments is being one step closer to rebirth. Modern art is a product of the era in which it was created and the intention of the art is to convey the desires, or emotions of the creator. The paradox is that art can be religious, art can be contemporary, or art can be both religious and contemporary.
Hindu art serves a higher purpose than just an idol to be worshiped as, Huston Smith explains in Elda Hartley’s documentary, India and the Infinite. Smith
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The spokes of the wheel number eight to represent the eight fold path while the wheel itself is representative of the ever turning cycle of life, death, and rebirth. The Bodhi tree represents the Buddha’s enlightenment under a similar tree. Buddhist art is representative of important moments in Buddha’s life and by analyzing the work we can determine what period it depicts. In Buddhist art the art object is not the thing, rather it is a representation of a historical event and serves to remind us of Buddah’s journey to enlightenment and also instruct its followers in their own journey to enlightenment by the use of the eight fold

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