Showing posts with label Hindu Iconography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hindu Iconography. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is A Mudra In Indian Dance And Hindu Iconography?


 (meaning "seal") A mudra is a stylized hand gesture in Indian dance, theater, and iconography that expresses a particular meaning, ranging from real things like animals, common items, and Hindu deities to abstract things like emotions.

Performers in the performing arts, notably dance, use gesture alone to create elaborate tales.

Many of these gestures are qualities associated with certain deities in the context of iconography.

The words mudra and hasta ("hand") have considerable syntactic overlap; one difference is that some hastas merely describe the location of the hand, while others have symbolic value, but mudras always have extremely particular symbolic meanings.


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Hinduism - What Is A Khatvanga?


One of the most recognizable things in Hindu imagery is a club or staff topped with a human skull.

At times the shaft of the staff was constructed from another human bone, such as a thigh or an arm bone.

The deity Shiva is most closely identified with this emblem.

Its usage depicts his outcast, uncontrollable personality, as well as his complete alienation from mainstream society's normal ideals.

Ascetics, for whom Shiva is the model ascetic and a model for emulation, nonetheless carry it on occasion. 


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