Paintings - Thangka Painting
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Paintings - Thangka Painting

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Thangka painting, acrylic on canvas. Rectangle - 20" x 16".

A thangka is a Tibetan Buddhist scroll painting usually depicting Buddhist deities or mandalas (a circular figure representing the universe in Hindu or Buddhist symbolism).

The wheel of existence depicts the endless life circle of a human being. It is believed to have been drawn first by the Buddha himself. 

As seen in the picture, a minister demon, usually identified as Yama the god of death, clutches the whole wheel. In the smallest circle at the center, the pig, snake and cock symbolize the three cardinal sins of ignorance, anger and lust and are biting each others tail to show the inseparable connection between the three.

In the narrow circle around the innermost circle, the light half at the viewer's left shows figures ascending to the higher levels of existence, the dark half at the right shows figures descending to lower levels. The six men segments of the wheel depict the six worlds of existence. In the upper half are the relatively happier realms of the gods (in the center), the asuras or demigods (at the right) and human beings (at the left).

 

 

 

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