Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The Seasons

The Seasons

The Seasons are the symbol of creation, birth, death, growth and rebirth. Its also represent running time. Mankind always measured time with the help of sun and moon. So the changing position of sun and moon during different seasons have different effect on seasonal symbolism. Every season have its own symbolism. So each season associate with different gods and animals or colors.
Seasons

Seasons

Iris

Iris

Iris is the goddess of rainbow. She is the messenger of the gods of Olympia. She is imagined as a girl with wings. Iris carries herald's rod. Iris make rainbows, and rainbows are the gateway between heavens and earth.
Iris

Iris

Mountains

Mountains

Mountains are up high to the heavens from earth. Mountains are often honored and feared. They are considered as sacred by all the ancient religions. Mountains are associated with prophets and gods.
Mountains

Mountains

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Dragon

Dragon

Dragons symbolized the weather and rain according to the Chinese culture. They thought that, some of their worst flood hit them because they had upset a Dragon. In China, they believed that Dragons control the water. Again in the western culture, Dragons represents fire.
Dragon

Dragon

Thursday, 25 July 2013

The Night Sky - Extended - Stars

The Stars

The Stars

Stars

The stars are highly important symbols representing the divine guidance, guardianship and hope. The Americans Indians think that stars represents the campfire of their ancestors. And some other cultures thought that they were paths that lead to Heaven or the messengers of the Gods. The Christians think that the Bethelhem Star caused the birth of the Christ. Some saints are also depicted with stars in Cristian Art. 12 stars signs made the Zodiac sign.

Monday, 22 July 2013

The Sun

The Sun

The Sun
The Sun
The mostly used symbol that has been followed by almost all cultures of the Earth is the Sun. This symbols was worshiped as the supreme cosmic power. Its the life force that enable all things to live and grow. Its the supreme source of heat and energy. It also symbolize the youth, passion etc. It also gives light, so its also a symbol of enlightenment. Its also a sign of royalty. In some cultures the sun is the eternal father. The rising and setting sun also expresses birth, death and rebirth or resurrection.

Sekhmet

Sekhmet

Sekhmet is one of the Egyptian fire goddesses. She is also associated with war and destruction. She is often portrayed as a woman with the head of a lion and holding a fire spiting cobra. Sekhmet destroyed enemies with fire arrows. Her body shined as midday Sun.
Sekhmet

Sekhmet

Rain and Snow

Rain and Snow

All forms like rain, snow or dew  are associated with water symbolism. These also represent life and death. It can also symbolize destruction or regeneration. Rain symbolizes fertility and dew symbolizes blessing. Ice and snow represents impermanence and myth. Again Rainbows symbolize both sun and water. And for its higher presence, its associated with gods and heaven.
Rain

Rain


Indra

Indra

Indra is the weather god of thunder found in Hindu religion. He also symbolize the rain, fertility and war. He is imagined seated in his heavenly court Svarga. Indra carries  a thunderbolt in his hand representing destruction, enlightenment and regeneration.
Indra

Indra


Fujin

Fujin


Fujin is the Shinto god found in Japanese myth.He was looked like a demon. Fujin carried a sack  containing the wind.
Fujin

Fujin

Cherub

Cherub


Cherub is a winged child also known as Putti. Cherub is found in western art. He is often imagined as chubby-cheeked child. He used to represent the air for blowing a boat.
Cherub

Cherub

Marduk

Marduk

According to ancient Babylonian culture, Marduk is the god of weather and creation. He placed Enil, the Mesopotamian god in the air. Marduk gifted him the power of storm and spring breeze.
Marduk

Marduk

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Venus of Laussel

Venus of Laussel

Venus of Laussel is actually a 21000 years old rock sculpture found in France. It show that the Mother of Earth holding a horn. Venus of Laussel symbolize the crescent Moon and the universal source of life.
Venus of Laussel

Venus of Laussel

Virgin Mary

Virgin Mary


Virgin Mary is the Queen of Heaven. She was portrayed wearing a crown of stars. Virgin Mary symbolizes the motherhood and heavenly powers. She is also associated with the six-pointed star.

Virgin Mary

Virgin Mary


Isis and Osiris

Isis and Osiris

Isis and Osiris is the Egyptian star goddess of fertility, birth and motherhood. Osiris is the husband of Isis. Osiris was also called as the Lord of the Dead. His soul is inhabited by the star Orion. Again the star Sirius symbolizes Isis, who creates the annual flooding of the river Nile that brings fertility and prosperity.
Isis

Isis

Osiris

Osiris

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Shango

Shango

Shango is an ancient god of thunder and lightning from Nigerian Yoruba culture. He is symbolized by Oshe. Oshe is a double-bladed axe which represent the lightning Shango creates from sky.
Shango

Shango

Raijin

Raijin

According to Japanese mythology, Raijin is on of the most important god of weather. He is commonly imagined as a demon. He can create mists and black rain, clouds. Raijin can also make thunder.

Raijin

Raijin

Rudra

Rudra

Rudra is one of the pioneer of Vedic gods. He is a god of storm and lightning. He can fire arrows of disease. He can also give good health. Rudra means Howler. and he symbolize untamed nature.
Rudra

Rudra

Shiva

Shiva

Shiva is the god of lightning and destruction according to Hindu culture. He has a third eye on his forehead. It represents universal intelligence, divine force, and destruction and recreation. Shiva has a snake around his neck. His weapon is trident which symbolize lightning.

Shiva

Shiva

Thor

Thor

Thor is the god of lightning and war found in Nordic Mythology. He is portrayed as red-haired and full bearded. He carry a hammer and often a thunderbolt with him. Thor has ride pulled by 2 goats name Tooth-grinder and Tooth-gnasher.

Thor

Thor

Media Art Bangladesh

Media Art Bangladesh

Introduction

If we look back to history of art we always found that every starting of the new ism or trend viewer, general people, other artists or art critique create a big fuss. History of Bangladeshi art is not different from that, especially in the case of new media art in Bangladesh. New media trend start in the western world long back during in late 19th century, but in Bangladesh it’s quite new in primary position.
According to Wikipedia ‘New Media Art’ is a genre that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, internet art, interactive art, video games, computer robotics, and art as biotechnology. The term differentiates itself by its resulting cultural objects and social events, which can be seen in opposition to those deriving from old visual arts (i.e. traditional painting, sculpture, etc.). New Media concerns are often derived from the telecommunications, mass media and digital modes of delivery the artworks involve, with practices ranging from conceptual to virtual art, performance to installation.
New Media Art
New Media Art

Friday, 19 July 2013

Nun

Nun

Nun is one of the most ancient Egyptian Gods. Nun means water. He symbolize the water of chaos. Nun abilities were turbulence, darkness etc.

Nun

Nun

Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame means a fire which is kept burning for always. During ancient times they were burned by wood or, olive oil. But now a days we use propane or gas. This symbolize something of a universal importance, or a global great cause like peace or health. We all know about the Olympic torch, which is in Greece. Every time during Olympic Games it is carried to the city were the Games will be held. And its kept burning during the Games. Many churches light Eternal Flame. We all are familial to the Statue of Liberty. Its situated on Liberty Island in New York City. It holds a torch of Eternal Flame. Its a symbols of freedom of oppression.
The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

Thursday, 18 July 2013

The Weather

The Weather

Continuously changing weather have a serious effect on mankind and nature. Sometimes its charming, and again its life taking. From ancient times, people have imagined many gods associated with every type of weather. The weather also represents the divine  forces and creativity.
The Weather

The Weather

Ganga

Ganga

Ganga is a Vedic goddess of Hindu culture representing the river Ganges. She also symbolize fertility and the wisdom of nature. Ganga is portrayed sitting on a Makara. Makara is a mixed creature of fish and crocodile.

Ganga

Ganga

Hapi

Hapi


Hapi is the god of Nile river from Egyptian mythology. Hapi was the cause for the flood of Nile. He also represents the fertility. He was portrayed as a man with a prominent belly.
Hapi

Hapi

Agni

Agni

Agni is the God of fire found in Hindu cultures. In Sanskrit language, Agni means Fire. He is describes having either one or two heads. Two heads represents his destructive and merciful nature. Agni is also the life force of trees.

Agni

Agni

Vulcan

Vulcan

Vulcan is the Roman god of fire. He is also associated with craftsmanship and volcanoes. He lived beneath mount Ena. Vulcan made weapons for heroes and Gods.
Vulcan

Vulcan

Neptune

Neptune

Neptune is actually the roman name for the Greek god Poseidon. He is the god of water and sea. According to mythology, Neptune is described as a  bearded man with a trident in his hand. He travels the sea sitting on a seashell. And he is always accompanied by dolphins. It is said that, storms and earthquakes happen because of the anger of Neptune
Neptune

Neptune

Gaia

Gaia

Gaia is the universal mother according to Greek mythology. The meaning of Gaia is Earth. Gaia is the source of all living things in the universe.
Gaia

Gaia

Star and Crescent

Star and Crescent

Star and Crescent is combination of two different symbols. A  five-pointed star and a crescent moon together create a strong symbol for divine authority and resurrection. Islamic culture have very strong emotion about this Star and Crescent.
star and crescent

Star and Crescent

Phoenix

Phoenix

Phoenix represents the symbol of sun, death and rebirth or resurrection. Its actually came from a myth. The myth described a bird like eagle who seeks fire and burn himself. Then magically Phoenix reborn from the ashes.
Phoenix

The Phoenix

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The Ocean

The Ocean

Symbolically the Ocean represents the Earth's womb. Cause all the life forms of earth came from ocean waters. According to symbolism, the ocean is always mysterious. Ocean also represents the subconscious mind. On the other hand the deep water symbolize the dead and paranormal. All ancient cultures have many gods and demons associating with the ocean.
The Ocean

The Ocean

Icarus

Icarus

Icarus was found in Greek mythology. His father Daedalus made artificial wing for his son, which was fixed with wax. Icarus's father warned him not to go too near the Sun. But Icarus didn't listened and he went too near the sun and his wings melted lose. According to symbolism, the cause of the falling was his disrespect for the Gods and over confidence and pride.
Icarus

Icarus

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Water

Water

Water is one of the basic element of life. It's shape changes constantly. It can also be transformed into ice and vapor. Its also one of the mysterious element on universe. According to symbolism, water represents feminine. Its also related with Moon and its the origin of all living things. Water is also a sign of fertility. It can come to us as rain or snow, even as a ferocious ocean. Water also has many states like current, storm or deep. All the shapes and forms have its own symbolic meaning. Its also passive, cause its affected by weather. It can both, destroy and give life. According to many ancient culture, water is also a symbol of purification and healing.
Water

Water

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Fire Gods

Fire Gods

Many early cultures linked fire with the gods. Cause we can find it from sun or lightning. Also the smokes caused by fire accelerates  up to the sky. Its reasonable that ancient societies believed in many gods of fire. Its the powerful element of life, its also violent. The ancient Greeks and Romans had both Forge and the hearth gods.

Here is some Fire Gods:

*Vulcan

Vulcan

Vulcan

The Fire

The Fire

Fire is the ultimate symbol of terror and destruction. Its also represents chaos and battle. Sun can also be symbolized by fire. Its linked with color red. Fire symbolizes both rebirth and purification. The discovery of fire war life changing to the mankind and all the ancient societies have fire gods and many legends about fire.

The Fire

Friday, 12 July 2013

The Planets

The Planets

Earth Centered Solar System

Earth Centered Solar System

The ancient scientists and astronomers discovered that besides the Moon and Sun, there  were five more tiny moving lights in the night sky. And those were only can be seen with the bare eye. The named these lights Planets. Planets means wanderers. They ware named after the ancient Roman Gods- Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Jupiter. But during 15th century, after inventing the telescope, mankind discovered the more distant Planets like- Neptune, Uranus and Pluto. The early cultures believed that the Planets have some connection with the human, and they can influence their daily life. During the second century, some astronomer(specially Ptolemy) described some solar system having the Earth at the center.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

The Earth-Extended-- Mother Earth

Mother Earth

During ancient times the Earth wars symbolic to the great Mother Goddess. She was a symbols of sustenance and nurturing. She was also the source of all life. According to many ancient culture the first humans were created from clay.The element Earth symbolize the feminine and passive. This also represents the Yin of Chinese symbolism. Its usually portrayed by a circle.

Here is some Earth Goddesses:

*Gaia

Gaia

Gaia

The Moon Extended---Shapeshifters

Shapeshifters

Many cultures believe that during full Moon some cursed people turn into some ferocious animals. These stories are linked with the Moon's dark aspect symbolically. The also express the fear  that humans can be overtaken by animal instinct. Voluntary forms represents liberation and involuntary shapeshifting symbolize confinement. Were-wolf stories and myths were common in Europe. But all over the world shapeshifters like were-tigers, were-foxes, were-jaguars, were-snakes are common. Even the witches and shamans were gifted with shapeshifting.
Were-wolf

Were-wolf

Were-jaguar

Were-jaguar

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Moon Goddesses

Moon Goddesses

Some societies in African tribes and Oceania imagine that Moon is a fertilizing male god. But it's usually regarded as a feminine. The Virgin Mary is represented by the Moon. It also represents the protective mother figures to fierce virgin goddesses, like Diana, the Roman hunter goddess. Almost all the Moon goddesses represents destiny.

Here is some Moon Goddesses:

*Bastet

Bastet

Baset

Milky Way

Milky Way

Milky Way was called the Mixcoatyl(Cloud Serpent) by the Aztecs. Many ancient cultures symbolizes the Milky Way with a road or river between the Earth and Heaven. But the American Indians thought that it was a road to the land of the dead. And the Inca culture imagined that Milky Way was a river of heaven.
Milky Way

Milky Way

Star Gods

Star Gods

The signs and symbols of heaven always represent the superiority and divine presence. The cultures of the ancient world believed that the stars have effect on human life. There are many ancient stories of gods and goddesses who are linked to stars.

There are some examples of Star Gods:

* Isis and Osiris

Isis

Isis

 

Osiris

Osiris

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The Night Sky - Extended -- Modern Stars

Modern Stars

Now a days stars are commonly used to represent hope and wishes. They are also linked to celebrity and famous characters. They called star. Stars are also used on flags that represents quality. In 1777, newly formed USA first used five pointed star in their flag.
USA Flag

USA Flag

The Night Sky - Extended -- Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars

When any object come down to earth due to earth's gravitational force, the object has to come through the earth's dense atmosphere. The object come down to the earth at a great speed that, with the friction of air the object lights with fire and turn to ashes. And at the night when some object come down to the earth and lights up at the earth's atmosphere, a short line of light tear up night sky. So its called a shooting Star. So there is no star actually flying here and there. The shooting stars symbolize the sparks of heavenly fire and divinity. They also represents the messengers and higher life. Its also considered as good omen and birth. Some believe that if you wish something during a shooting star, then it becomes true.

The Night Sky - Extended -- Constellation

Constellation

Constellation

Constellation

Constellation is a group of star that can form a recognizable pattern like a question mark of a head etc. There are almost 88 known patters named after many mythological characters.

The Night Sky - Extended --- Six Pointed Star

Six Pointed Star

Six Pointed Star

Six Pointed Star

The Six Pointed Star is known as hexagram or in Judaism- The star of David. The star is is a combination of two triangles that symbolize the male an female. This also represents the link between Heaven and Earth. So its the symbol of the connection of opposites and creation. Its also called the Seal of the Solomon. Cause the prophet king Solomon designed a ring like the Six pointed Star.