Sunday, December 4, 2011

Art of Manidera

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I have often heard it said that if you've been to one temple, you've been to them all, but as time goes on I have found quite the opposite to be true, every temple (and indeed shrine) is quite unique.

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One of the intriquing aspects of temples for me is the art. The statues, carvings, paintings, and sometimes even masks.

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japanese buddhism includes a massive array of a sometimes bewildering number of buddhas, deities, and other figures. Sometimes a single piece of art can be quite exquisite, but for me it is more interesting searching for and finding original expressions of the same figure or buddha,

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here are just a few of the artpieces at Manidera, a mountain temple near Tottori City.

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Two previous posts on Manidera can be found here

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