Mandala Spirit Cloths from Myanmar were commissioned by families of means and created by learned men and monks.\nThey are believed to have healing / protective powers and the power to bring good luck to the owner. Their power could be enhanced by being folded and worn on the shoulder of a monk under robes. Creating them was time intensive as each section is worked on days considered to be auspicious. First, the Buddha image was painted at the center along with the circles around the piece. Other figures are added on auspicious dates.\nThe charts address the cosmic forces and arrive at magic formulae that benefit the person this is created for.\u00a0 Astrology, cosmology, numerology are intricately linked to the supernatural in ways that are understood by few today \u2013 lending a certain mysticism to the entire subject.\nInfluenced by both the neighbouring cultures of India and China, these calendars and horoscopes contain Hindu Gods as well as the 12-year Chinese animal cycle.\nThese divination systems are used not only for daily-life planning but also for important events like marriages and building houses \u2013 and \u2013 to my surprise \u2013 also for military engagements. But when I think\u00a0 about it \u2013 this is natural.\nFor life, in all its aspects including the strategy that the military commander comes up with \u2013 is ruled by a belief system. And that belief system is a product of the environment he was raised in. So the hand that rocked the cradle does rule the world \u2026\nA few examples from wovensouls:\n\n\n\nAnd one more manuscript\n\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nReading and understanding it all is relatively easy \u2026 but until I experience life there, the understanding will not be complete. One day soon\u2026\n\u00a0\nFurther reading:\n\n\n\u00a0\njm\nMay 2017\n\n\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nSave\nSave\nSave\nSave\nSave\nSave\nSave\nSave\nSave\nSave\nThe post Astrological Calendars \u2013 4 \u2013 Myanmar Mandala Spirit Cloths appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.