Saturday, October 11, 2008

Truth Is Truth

My wife and I spent yesterday at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

It would probably take a couple of days to really take in all the sights there. When they open some new exhibits it may take longer.

The first corridor is a collection of ancient Egyptian, Roman, Greecian and Asian objects.

My wife pointed out that each of these cultures had art works that depicted the afterlife. Each of these cultures depicted Angels with wings and demons.

Truth is truth.

As we went upstairs this was also depicted in the paintings, frescoes and statuary.

There was a large bronze statue of the Temptation of Eve that was hauntingly beautiful and at the same time the look of terror in her face that the artist captured was frightening. We discovered that even more frightening was wherever you stood the eyes of Eve looked at you.

Other cultures have similar tales of creation. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I don't really care if the story of Adamas is historically truthful or mythical.

But I will agree that Truth is truth.

The same thing holds true about The Flood.

This story is part of many cultures. And is known in the Epic of Gilgamesh as well as Genesis/Bereshit

Truth is truth.

In the Eastern section there was a collection of Hindu art. I wish I was able to take a picture of a small statue of the Hindi god Shiva Nataraj. He is known to Hindus as the Lord of The Dance.

Here all along I thought The Lord of the Dance was an Irish thing with Michael Flatley.

Anyway this four armed god is dancing on a little dwarf looking guy.

The sign next to the statue states the little guy is the god of ignorance.

It struck me funny that the god of ignorance was holding up his right hand with his middle finger extended.

I cannot count the number of ignorant folks that have given me this same salute.

Truth is truth.

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