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Phenomenal Bronze Garuda Mask.  Hinduism.  Buddhism. Deity. Tibet. Nepal.

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    The mythical deity – Garuda – has a ton of spiritual significance in Hinduism and Buddhism.  In Hinduism, Garuda is most often found mounted on the back of Vishnu, as the god’s protector.   Here the Garuda – with a snake in its beak – symbolizes the… Continue reading

Vintage Balinese Rangda Mask.  Mythology.  Durga.  Bali.

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    Rangda – a dramatic manifestation of the Goddess of the Underworld, Durga – is the demon queen of the Leyaks.  Leyaks are spirit/ghost-like figures in Bali that appear as humans during the daylight but – at night – their head and entrails break off from their bodies… Continue reading

Bronze Winged Garuda.  Winged Bird.  Buddhism.  Anthropomorphic.  Statue.  Figure.  Tibet

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    Garuda is a mythological bird of the dharma protector and Astasena in Buddhism.  King of birds with an anthropomorphic form.  Protector with power to go anywhere at anytime.  Sometimes depicted with a snake or demon in their mouths.   Redpoll is commonly associated with this… Continue reading

Dan Poro Ceremonial Mask. Wood. Spiritual realm. Secret Society. Wood. Liberia. Africa

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The Dan people – an ethnolinguistic grouping – has presence in the mountainous areas of Côte d’Ivoire and adjacent areas of Liberia.  This particular mask is from Liberia and specifically  used by the Poro . . .  a secret society where only males are admitted.   As… Continue reading

Bulu Style Ape Mask.  Fang Group.  Ngi ritual.  Cameroon Grasslands.  Africa.

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    Bordering on Cameroon and Gabon, the Bulu are part of the larger Fang group and share cultural similarities.   UNIQUE?  Yes, because the Bulu practice the ngi ritual… where members wear this “gorilla” mask to ward off sorcery and poisonings.  This anti-witchcraft society whose leadership is… Continue reading

Mahogany or Ireng Garuda & Vishnu Hindu Statue, Bali, Indonesia

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Garuda’s origins are in Indonesia about 2000 years ago.  In Buddhist culture. Garudas are called the Bird of Life and the Nagas and Kirata are its enemies.  Here Garuda – with Hindu Vishnu (god of life) on his back – is in a fight with guardians and a… Continue reading
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