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Mahacinatara or Tara of Tibet [Apr. 30th, 2006|02:57 am]
Mythical Realms: Folklore & Mythological Arts

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ISIS:The Supreme Manifestation of the Earth Mother.

I've been doing a lot of research into the corresponding myths of Isis from various cultures for a story I'm writing and came across these Tibetan artworks with related imagery that really struck me. I also happened upon this photo of Bjork later that day, and she just seemed to fit right in with these.
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Interestingly enough, I've been researching Tibetan medicine, myths, and history for months and these Isis related images popped up on a random tourism site for hikes in Tibet. There were no artist credits to the paintings on the site.
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[User Picture]From: qaexl
2006-04-30 11:31 am (UTC)
Isis and Horus appears through Christian symbols as well... and the world over. They're references towards universal manifestation, though each manifestation might differ slightly. The stuff you find in Tibet is probably the world's most inclusive and well-preserved tradition, around. Were you looking at the Bon or more the Buddhist images?

-Q
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[User Picture]From: lily_la_mer
2006-05-01 06:20 am (UTC)
Oh yes, I've been studying all the many variations of the Isis myths in ancient cultures all over the world. The Isis myth is one of the most prevalent in all of the world's cultural hierarchies.
I'd been researching a particular branch of Tibetan lore separately, mainly because I'm doing medicinal research on the 'Gyushi', and I had come across Tin Hau - "queen of heaven" according to Taoists, as the Chinese incarnation of Isis. That led me to Saravasti and Lakshmi....then googled for imagery and found a tourism site for the Tibetan/Chinese border that featured random art.
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From: medievalmuse
2006-04-30 02:46 pm (UTC)
That is a beautiful image of Bjork. Don't think I would have recognized her though.
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[User Picture]From: lily_la_mer
2006-05-01 06:03 am (UTC)
She's a fantastic surreal and goddess-oriented fashion design innovator and performance artist. I am always impressed with her relating of goddess myths in her lyrics, song, and imagery.
Do you have (her album) Vespertine at home?
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From: medievalmuse
2006-05-01 12:35 pm (UTC)
I so indeed have Vespertine. Thank you for thinking of me!!! I guess my best Bjork memories are some of her red carpet costumes - like the golden swan and egg.
Good stuff. Do you know her husband's work?
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[User Picture]From: lily_la_mer
2006-05-01 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, Matthew Barney is a genius as well.
I've seen galleries of a few of his larger installations online, but never in person.
I posted about this earlier:
http://unit.bjork.com/specials/dr9/
Their collaborative film effort and soundtrack...I really want to see it if possible, but it's not showing in standard theatres, apprently.
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From: medievalmuse
2006-05-01 08:35 pm (UTC)
My "ex" attended Yale with Matthew and although he claimed to know him, I kind of doubt they were friends or even casual acquaintances. But my ex was really
into performance art and said that Matthew Barney often performed nude - one in particular where he did wall/rock climbing. I'm sorry, call me a prude, but I can't quite imagine that as a spectator from the ground, looking up.
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[User Picture]From: lily_la_mer
2006-05-01 08:48 pm (UTC)
Yikes, I can, but I don't think I would find it enjoyable, lol. I can see the point of it, though. I appreciate of lot of people's conceptual creations without needing to have a visual embedded in my memory, if you know what I mean. Not that I don't appreciate the human body or erotic elements in aesthetics, but I tend to like my displays of such to have lots of grace and subtlety to them. My own personal taste, but I don't knock performance artists who deal with primal aspects of the human condition, people's psychological limitations, and humour, as long as it's not scat or simply bodily function display, which I will not accept as performance art!
Your observation about your ex is amusing!
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From: medievalmuse
2006-05-01 08:56 pm (UTC)
My sense of humor has served me well over the decades and is, in part, responsible for my survival.
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[User Picture]From: lily_la_mer
2006-05-01 08:57 pm (UTC)
I am right there with you!
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[User Picture]From: lunar_echo
2006-04-30 11:30 pm (UTC)
I really like the second image down. Thanks for sharing these! That is a lovely picture of Bjork...reminds me of something from a tarot card design/graphic novel art.

Good luck with your story!
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[User Picture]From: lily_la_mer
2006-05-01 06:01 am (UTC)
Thanks! :0
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