“Manche Leute glauben, Durchhalten macht uns stark. Doch manchmal stärkt uns gerade das Loslassen.”

Hermann Hesse (via hopeforheavenwhereweland)

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Vishnu, javanese esculpture in gold, majapahit period.


Vishnu, javanese esculpture in gold, majapahit period.



Sabrida Shing (2007) Kathmandu, Nepal - “Holy Men Series" by New York-based Canadian photographer and filmmaker Joey L

"One of the few rare women to take on the the task of becoming a Sadhvi.  She has not cut her hair since her husband died, making the ends of the dreadlocks (jata) over 10 years old at the time the photograph was taken."

The Sanskrit terms sādhu (“good man”) and sādhvī (“good woman”) is a religious ascetic who’s solely dedicated to achieving mokṣa (liberation), the fourth and final aśrama (stage of life), by renouncing their formal way of life and focusing on their own spiritual growth thru meditation and prayer.  They live without ties to family, social obligations, or worldly wealth.  They often wear saffron-colored clothing, symbolizing their sanyāsa (renunciation) and cover themselves with ash or chalk, and paint their faces with a tilak in accordance with the deity they have devoted themselves to. The ash represents their death to their worldly life – in fact, many of them are required to attend their own funeral as part of their holy training.

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I just realized that probably in ten years I’ll be covered in tattoos of leaves.

more or less like a walking arbour.


I’m not really sure whether this is good or not…

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The Viking Buddhas
Thinking of your Ancient Art, would you consider the Viking Age ancient? It’s more early Middle Ages generally speaking.

I was wondering if you’d seen any of the Viking Buddhas? The Vikings had extensive trade with Asia (some through Russia and extensively through Persia). The most common east Asian trade item found in the Viking world (from what I understand) is silk. Less well known are the “uncommon” but not “rare” occurrence of Buddhas. There are several “classic” style Buddhas found in the Viking world that were likely acquired in trade from eastern Asia (i.e. China) as well as some in the style of southern Asia (i.e. India), but there are also some that are done in a style and with materials that suggests they might have been created in northern Europe, from within the Viking world. The more famous of these (to my knowledge) is the “Oseberg Bucket Buddha” (wikimedia link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Buckle_from_Oseberg_Vikingship_Buddha.JPG ). It was found in a burial of a very high profile woman.

From what I’ve been able to find, how these Buddhas fit into the Viking worldview is not known. where they representations of a religious minority? Where they co-opted as representation of Norse gods? Was a Buddha figure incorporated into the Viking pantheon in some areas? Where there immigrants or descendants from east/south Asia living in the Viking world that maintained their religious heritage (we know the Viking brought back people from both raid and trade expeditions from most of the “known” world, as spouses, slaves, and even equals/freemen immigrants, and it was possible for slaves to become freemen). In addition to the Buddhas, there are several figurines, mostly interpreted as Valkyrie or Shield Maidens, that have what art historians and hobbyists describe as “slanted” eyes (how i wish they said “artistic interpretation of a hooded eye” or something less probematic! Even “Asiatic” would have been less loaded, for goodness’ sake. ) ( wikicommons link http://www.flickr.com/photos/28772513@N07/4560502772/ ).

Actually, in recent years, more connections to the Vikings and Asia have been revealed in both art and literature. In additions to the Buddhas from Helgö and Oseburg, Persian silk fragments previously thought to have been looted from England or Ireland are now thought to have been gained by legitimate trade directly with Persia. Some of the fragments are suspected to have originated even further east in China.

The literary connection comes from the Saga of Siddharta, which became Baarlams and Josaphat, which was originally Buddha. Apparently a written version of this tale was recorded as a Norse saga in the 13th century.

There are also some linguistic and genetic connections, but that’s definitely wayyy outside my field.

photo credit to Saamiblog


I just realized that probably in ten years I’ll be covered in tattoos of leaves.

more or less like a walking arbour.

19 hours ago with 9 notes

I just realized that probably in ten years I’ll be covered in tattoos of leaves.

19 hours ago with 9 notes


I was born in a family of badass women. And that’s cool, ‘cause I was raised proud (and fierce).
Guess what happens when me and my mother have an argument.

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L’enfer Cabaret, Boulevard de Clichy, Montmartre, Paris

Built circa 1890; demolished circa 1952.

Entertainment inside the “inferno of hell” nightclub included musicians dressed as devils and interior volcanos that spewed hot, scented lava of molten gold. 

After the “cabaret artistique” was demolished, the site became a Monoprix retail store.


Parthian gold filagree earrings, 2nd century BC - 1st century AD


Parthian gold filagree earrings, 2nd century BC - 1st century AD





fruitful; copious; abundant; plentiful.

Etymology: Latin uber, “full, fruitful, fertile, abundant, plentiful, copious, productive”. Not to be confused with German über.

[Balthasar van der Ast]

“[Michael Harner] wrote a book called The Way of the Shaman, and in the preface, he wrote something very interesting. He said that from his dual perspective of a western-trained academician and also somebody who personally experienced the shamanic initiation, that western psychology and psychiatry is seriously biased in at least two significant ways. The first bias, he calls the ‘ethno-centric’ bias. You see, we have a certain kind of perspective on the psyche, on what is normal and what isn’t normal, and we consider that perspective to be absolutely superior to any human group that has ever existed. We have it really together. All these other cultures are primitive. They are sort of uneducated. What they are doing has no basis… Now the second bias that he talks about… he calls it ‘cogni-centric…’ which means we have created the theories in psychology and psychiatry on the basis of observations from ordinary states [of consciousness]. And experiences from non-ordinary states of consciousness, we have systematically excluded, somehow, from scruitiny.”

Stanislav Grof, "Psychology of the Future"

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