Tag Archives: India

Great Colonial Fruit Bat

Great Indian Fruit Bat, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he actually points you down a set of stairs. Attributed to Bhawani Das. As described formally by the Mt curators, it’s geography is Calcutta, India, it’s culture as Colonial British. … Continue reading

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Zohar Spinning Revolutions Looks Like (Shiva Nataraja)

Rabbi Yitzhak opened, “He revolves wheels by His devices, according to their deeds, whatever He command them on the face of the inhabited earth (Job 37:12). He revolves wheels –The blessed Holy One spins revolutions in the world, bringing cloaked dazzlers … Continue reading

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Haptic Religion and the Religions of India (Max Müller)

Reading Max Müller’s Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion As Illustrated by the Religions of India (1882). An odd book, it does a lot of different things. On the one hand, Müller’s thinking about religion is steeped in … Continue reading

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Tiferet & Shekhina Look Like (Shiva and Parvati)

This one was obvious; divine coupling.

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Hesed-Din-Tiferet Look Like (Brahman-Shiva-Vishnu

Different in almost every other aspect, it is the triadic quality and its maleness that mark the mental resemblance between the group Hesed, Din, and Tiferet (the sephirot instantiating the divine qualities of compassion, judgment, and beauty) with the three … Continue reading

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Makom Looks Like (Krishna)

This looks like the rabbinic idea of God as Makom (Place). In the Bhagavad Gita (9:4), Krishna asserts, “All beings are in Me, but I am not in them.” I’m ready to confess I’m getting it wrong. I  found it quoted by … Continue reading

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Gods of Flesh Gods of Stone (Theo-morphic Indian Religion)

Close to finishing up for the moment a round of reading about Hinduism to be able to conclude that the discourse about images and idolatry in modern Jewish thought is fundamentally confused. But maybe Jewish Studies scholars interested in visual … Continue reading

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