Registered: December 2, 2003 Location: Upstate NY Posts: 13091
Mon, Mar 13, 2006 @ 5:03 AM
Love your FW seal! Pretty!
A LOST 4400
Registered: June 19, 2003 Location: Super Bowl City, TX Posts: 34525
Mon, Mar 13, 2006 @ 5:43 AM
This is just beautiful, Janine!!!
Jackie G. (aka Jacquita) SCSmember #656
Write your sorrows in sand and your blessings in stone.
Registered: April 2, 2004 Location: Near Wilmington Beaches in NC Posts: 531
Mon, Mar 13, 2006 @ 6:40 AM
Love the combination! I rarely see samples from Ancient Asia, and really enjoy them when I do! FYI - I did a little research on this image, and think this is applicable to the figure (I think it is a very spiritual figure and adore the concepts for which she stands!):
Quan Yin is one of the most universally beloved of deities in the Buddhist tradition. Also known as Kuan Yin, Quan'Am (Vietnam), Kannon (Japan), and Kanin (Bali), She is the embodiment of compassionate loving kindness.
As the Bodhisattva of Compassion, She hears the cries of all beings. Quan Yin enjoys a strong resonance with the Christian Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Tibetan goddess Tara.
Contemplating the Goddess of Mercy involves little dogma or ritual. The simplicity of this gentle being and Her standards tends to lead Her devotees towards becoming more compassionate and loving themselves. A deep sense of service to all fellow beings naturally follows any devotion to the Goddess.
The name Kuan Shih Yin, as she is often called, means literally "the one who regards, looks on, or hears the sounds of the world." According to legend, Kuan Yin was about to enter heaven but paused on the threshold as the cries of the world reached her ears.
(excerpts from http://www.crystalinks.com/quanyin.html)