OFFERING IN BUDDHISM & ANCIENT EGYPT
Bring your right hand in front of your chest, palm outward.
Bring your left palm in front of your right arm, palm upward, back straight.
In ancient Egypt, wall reliefs and paintings in temples or sculptures often depict divinities or kings presenting a symbol in one hand, while the other hand is placed behind in a respectful way. As such, pharaohs would be represented holding models of Maat – goddess and ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law, morality and justice - to signify their association with her attributes. The Goddess Maat is sometime associated with the God Thoth, who would be portrayed, with the head of an ibis or as a baboon, in a similar posture presenting the Eye of Horus (Udjat), symbol of sacrifice, healing, restoration and protection. A myth relates that following the death of Osiris, the God Horus had his left eye gouged out in a fight for the throne with the God Seth. It was almost entirely restored by the God Thoth, who would sometime be represented by the mirrored image of the Udjat.
Offering scenes also feature kings presenting in a same way various objects such as food, ointment, music instruments or burning incense to Gods.
In the Buddhist tradition, sculptures of Bodhisattvas (enlightenment beings) would sometime be pictured in a similar posture, holding a lamp. Mythical beings, Devas, are sometime represented making offerings that consist in flowers, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit and music instrument, which symbolize charity, morality, patience, zeal, meditation and wisdom, all qualities necessary to reach Nirvana.
Physique of Consciousness Museum
installation, archives (wood, glass, acrylic glass, photograph)
"Physique of Consciousness" is the first cultural fitness exercise ever made, initiated by MadeIn Company. It comprises movements derived from dance, gymnastics, spiritual and cultural rituals. The whole series is composed of more than two hundreds steps and moves inspired from a hundred ceremonies, worships and traditions accumulated through History of Humanity. It combines physical and spiritual virtues, enhancing body conditions and well-being.
Physique of Consciousness Museum presents each movement, posture’s religious background, their meanings in their original context and related artifacts’ images. It explores the nature and source of our ideologies by creating parallels between our social, religious and political beliefs. Physique of Consciousness Museum challenges our observing habits as well as understanding of the world, offering a new perspective on humankind’s spiritual heritage.