Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Asian Art Museum: Ring Them Bells!

The painting depicts Vajrabhairava performing a war dance by which he transforms demons into protectors of the Buddhist doctrine. Backing up his lead performance is a captivating chorus of similar blue figures. His thirty-two outer hands carry various weapons, which are repeated in the hands of figures dancing around him. His main hands hold a chopper and a skull cup. With his sixteen feet Vajrabhairava tramples on all sorts of creatures to stop harmful influences in their tracks - as most of us would like to trample significant portions of 2009 underfoot.
Read about ringing in the bell on New Year's Eve to purify yourself and the world and to start the New Year with some good karma:

Image and information from 7 Junipers Blog:

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