Birdsongs

Plum Trees
Watanabe Shiko, Japan, 18. cent., commons.wikimedia.org

 


Ka ya hiraki
nori toku tori no
kirabiyaka

Blossoms scent the air,
a carefree birdsongs
echoes the truth.

Gozan (1695-1733)

 

At the evening, when Gozan died, were still quite a few flowers on the plum tree outside his window. From time to time an owl came to rest in the tree, and called out “Ho, Ho”. Then Gozan said: “My life is over …” He took his brush and wrote his death poem.

A death poem, called “Jisei” or “Jisei no ku” ( 辞世の句) or “Zetsumei-shi” (絶命詩) in Japanese, is a poem written near the time of one’s own death. It is a tradition for literate people to write one in a number of different cultures, especially in Japan and Korea, as well as certain periods of Chinese history.
Death poems have been written by Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Zen monks, by many haiku poets, and Japanese Samurai. Poems were written following one of three poetic forms: kanshi, waka or haiku.
(Wikipedia: Death Poem)

 
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Extraordinary Jesus Depictions

Jesus has 2 important questions (cheezburger.com)Ufo Jesus

Jesus has only two important questions:
“Is Cannabis legal yet?” and “Are you going to kill me again?”

Picture source:
I Can Has Cheezburger?

Mother Mary with the Holy Child Jesus Christ (Adolf Hitler, 1913, oil on canvas,  commons.wikimedia.org)Hitler’s Jesus

Mother Mary with Jesus
Adolf Hitler, 1913.

Few people know, that Adolf Hitler was a painter and the fewest this specific painting from him.

Picture source: commons.wikimedia.org

Holy Trinity (Fresco, 10 cent., Sankt Jakobus, Urschalling, Germany, commons.wikimedia.org)Female “Jesus” (resp. God)

The Holy Trinity
Fresco, 10 cent., Sankt Jakobus, Urschalling, Germany.

It is discussed, if the figure in the middle (“The Holy Ghost”) is a woman.

Wikpedia: Dreifaltigkeitsfresko, Urschalling
Picture source:
commons.wikimedia.org

Ecce Homo (Elías Martínez, Cecilia Giménez, commons.wikimedia.org)“Ivan Rebroff” Jesus

When a painting restoration fails… The story to this fresco went round the world. I think the restoration looks like the Russian singer Ivan Rebroff with fell hat.

Wikipedia: Ecce Homo (Elías García Martínez)
Picture source: commons.wikimedia.org

Christ of the Abyss (Key Largo, USA, Serge Melki, commons.wikimedia.org)Underwater Jesus

“Christ of the Abyss” is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ. The original is located in the Mediterranean Sea, off San Fruttuoso, Italy. Various other casts of the statue are located in other places worldwide.

Wikipedia: Christ of the Abyss
Picture source: Serge Melki, commons.wikimedia.org

Ecce Homo (thegrapicsfairy.com)Single Stroke Jesus

You may wonder, what’s so special at this picture… It’s made from one, single stroke!

Picture source:
thegraphicsfairy.com

Christ and Buddha (Paul Ranson, 1890, commons.wikimedia.org)Meeting Buddha Jesus

Christ and Buddha
Paul Ranson, 1890.

Today it is very popular when traditional Christian and Buddhistic practice and symbols are combined. But in 1890, when the picture was painted, it was by far not so usual.

Picture source:
commons.wikimedia.org

Holy Trinity (Fridolin Leiber, 1853–1912, commons.wikimedia.org)Multiple Jesus

Holy Trinity
Fridolin Leiber (1853–1912).

Yes, the painting shows nothing, what is never seen on a old painting. But the tree faces of Jesus, one exactly look alike the other, and the whole composition with the putto heads seems to me very strange.

Picture source:
commons.wikimedia.org

Trifacial Trinity (Cuzco School, from 1750 until 1770, commons.wikimedia.org)Three Faces Jesus

Trifacial Trinity
Cuzco School,
from 1750 until 1770.

Very practical… provides a incredible panoramic view!

Picture source: commons.wikimedia.org

Meat Jesus

The Christmas manger in a different way…

Jesus as the Good Sheperd (S.Callisto catacomb, mid 3rd century A.D., commons.wikimedia.org)Catacomb Jesus

Jesus as the Good Sheperd
S.Callisto catacomb,
mid 3rd cent. A.D.

It’s something special due the fact, that this fresco is one of oldest depictions of Jesus, that are actually known. If you search for others, which are declared in similar way, you find a lot more…

Picture source:
commons.wikimedia.org

Chinese depiction of Jesus and the rich man (1879, Beijing, China, commons.wikimedia.org)Chinese Jesus

Chinese depiction of Jesus and the rich man from 1879, Beijing, China.

You find a lot of similar pictures when you search p.e. for “Christian Asian Art”.

Picture source: commons.wikimedia.org

Cheeto Jesus

smilie kopfpatsch
People (especially Americans!) have found Jesus or Mary in toasts, burnt pans, scorched clothes iron, walmart receipe, fruits (cutted in half or not), plant roots, lid of jar, plastic and beer bottles, chunky bar, coffee ground, banana peel, clouds, water stain, any fabric parts, dirt behind refrigerator, floors, walls, reflections on glass skyscrapers or tv monitor, ultrasound scans, backpart of dog, coral, turtle shell, bruises, Google Earth etc. etc…. and in Cheetos! Yes, I believe in real, miraculous apparitions in unusual places, but this, well…

Restaurant Ho(k)Kai

Restaurant Hokkai, London © Barbara-Paraprem, 19801980 I visited London and the Japanese restaurant HOKKAI with my family. I vaguely remember a guest, who was eating something and burbing loudly. And that the waitress brought some ricewine to us.

Much later, at 18. August 2014 (- if I remember correctly), I met for the first time face to face my “favorite uncle” HoKai, a impressive appearance, during a Zazenkai at Sunday in the Foundation Felsentor on Mount Rigi, Switzerland. He likes Koans…

Photo: Souvenirs from Restaurant Hokkai, London
© Barbara-Paraprem, 1980

 

THE FEAST IS SERVED…

THE FEAST IS SERVED © Barbara-Paraprem, 2015

© Barbara-Paraprem, 2015

 

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