#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, August 22nd, 2013 00:12
#2 By: NordicNinja, August 22nd, 2013 01:00
I'm not saying it was aliens. But it was aliens.
Afterthought: I like the heart at the center of the chest. Didn't realize the symbol was so widespread, and in use for far longer than expected.
#3 By: TheGlitchEcliptic, August 22nd, 2013 01:57
I'm assuming this is a depiction of some variety of Heruka, a type of "Wrathful Deity", divine/enlightened beings in Buddhist legend that took on fierce appearances in order to act as protectors and fulfil an apotropaic role. I think this particular variety is a "Kinkara", but I'm not certain.
#4 By: SaberTaylor1, August 22nd, 2013 03:33
Followed the link to the tumblr. Cool images.
#5 By: Boundegar, August 22nd, 2013 08:30
Also, if you twist the right parts, he transforms into Golden Dragon Autobot.
#6 By: digitalArtform, August 22nd, 2013 13:06
Seems so long ago, yet my grandmother was 7 when the photo was taken. Had she been in Thailand she could well have remembered that guy's dance and describe it today.
#7 By: Art Donovan, August 22nd, 2013 13:31
That is a hell of a great photo image!
#8 By: Cacafuego, August 22nd, 2013 18:46
I agree. I'm very interested in the history of this symbol now. I assume, very specifically, it is representing the dancer's heart in this case.
#9 By: mpwoodhead, August 22nd, 2013 21:08
Last year I went to the Choni (Zhuoni) monastery in Gansu where this photo was taken. It is now in a forbidden area and I was arrested and kicked out of town, but not before I managed to get a few pictures of this ghostly place - it is now almost deserted. I wrote about it on my blog In the Footsteps of Joseph Rock
#10 By: bombblastlightningwaltz, August 23rd, 2013 00:10
Nice blog. Have bookmarked for further reading. Pinks hate spiritualism. Party dogma rules absolute. Thanks for posting.
#11 By: Boundegar, August 23rd, 2013 08:24
I do think it's a very very old symbol. Old like Mohenjo-daro. Also, it's the heart of a skeleton, so that's cool.
#12 By: Marzi Pecen, August 23rd, 2013 10:30
The image is not a depiction of Heruka. It is just a skeleton. A Heruka mask is quite different. The accompanying dance that goes with this costuming can be seen in the background of this image . The monks from Drepung Loseling along with other smaller monasteries perform these sacred dances for non-buddhist audiences though entertainment and cultureal events.
I think it is very unusual that there is a heart on the center of the skeleton's sternum. The heart is not a Tibetan symbol, has no meaning attached to it in Tibetan or buddhist culture and I have never seen one on the many skeleton costumes I have seen. It almost looks like it had been added when the tinting was done.
#13 By: Mark Frauenfelder, August 27th, 2013 00:12
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