Wealth Deities at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art

October 13, 2008 at 8:53 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Sunday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008
Museum Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 26 -30, 2008
Reception: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Diety Ganapati

Diety Ganapati

A Shower of Jewels: Wealth Deities from
the Rubin Museum of Art

presents the five most prominent figures within the vivid pantheon of Buddhist deities devoted to protecting and providing wealth.

Paintings of these deities are filled with imagery that reinforces and reflects their wealth-granting power, including cultural and religious symbols of affluence, auspiciousness and abundance.

In the Himalayan tradition of Tantric Buddhism, there is a class of deities dedicated to granting and guarding wealth. This divine category appears contradictory, coming from a belief system that is identified with nonattachment to material well-being.

Nonetheless, it is justified by the belief that wealth can provide freedom from the cares of human life that divert us from finding a path to liberation from suffering.

In the hands of one who seeks enlightenment, wealth may become an instrument of compassion and a means to achieve spiritual goals.

Free admission for members, OU community and children under 12
$5 for non-members, students and senior citizens
Guided tours are available Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Free and ample parking is available.

For more information please call 404.364.8555.


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