Buddha In Buddhist Art Analysis

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Buddha as represented in Buddhist Art
Introduction:
South and Southeast Asia is a vast geographic area comprising, among others, the nations of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Indonesia (fig.1). The art of South and Southeast Asia is equally diverse—and very ancient. The earliest civilization encountered is of Mehrgarh in Baluchistan. The remains of the first cities in the Indus Valley existed. The most important excavated Indus sites are Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. These early, fully developed cities featured streets oriented to compass points and multistoried houses built of carefully formed and precisely laid kiln baked bricks. After the arrival of Arians a religion fully developed by the name of Hinduism.
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There are other water plants that blossom on the surface of water, but only the Lotus rises eight to twelve inches above the water level because of the strength of its stem. According to a Buddhist scholar Lalitavistara, “The spirit of the best of men is spotless, like the lotus in the muddy water which does not stick to it.” Another anonymous scholar says that “The heart of being is like an unopened lotus: when the virtues of Buddha develop therein, the lotus blossom; that is why Buddha sits on a lotus bloom” (Kumar Nitin, 2004) (fig.5). The lotus is one of the best recognized motifs of Buddhism. Buddha is seen either sitting in a lotus in full bloom or holding one in his hand. (fig.6) In some images of standing Buddha, each foot rests on a separate…show more content…
It is also associated with a Buddhist deity named “White Tara” which was adopted in Buddhism in the sixth century BC due to the influence of Hinduism. It symbolizes her perfect nature and colour of her body.
Pink Lotus: This is the supreme lotus associated with the Buddha himself.
Red Lotus: This signifies the original nature and purity of the heart. It is the lotus of love and compassion.
Blue Lotus: This symbolizes the victory of spirit over the senses and wisdom of knowledge (Kumar Nitin, 2004).
The Lion: Lions are the kings of the animal kingdom: they are proud and majestic. Lions are organized into clans or groups and never live alone except in the case of old lions or those who are expelled from the community. They get their food by hunting which is always done by the females and never by the males. The male's job is to protect the clan from enemies. Due to these characteristics the lion has been considered through all ages and countries as a symbol of royalty and protection, as well as of wisdom and pride. The iconographic representation of the lion originated in

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