Yao painting scrolls, Yao dragon bridges and now Yao Shaman robes!\nThe Yao group has created several forms of art while pursuing their spiritual goals!\nLed by priests called Shamans, the Yao believed in an amalgamation of beliefs. They worshiped\u00a0 Daoist as well as Buddhist deities and ancestors and their traditions and rituals have hints of Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism as well as animism.\nAs the Shamans were the mediums that connected the people to the other world \u2013 and through this connection, they brought about order in this world. The ritual objects therefore were decorated with motifs that contained meaning.\nTypically the motifs include The Three Pure Ones, deities of the 28 lunar houses, saints, Chinese zodiac animals, the four auspicious animals \u2013 dragon, phoenix, unicorn & turtle, the sun & moon and sometimes Buddhist symbols like swastika and lotus.\nThe symbolism in the robes is a way of wrapping the Shaman in the cosmic symbols of the universe. It acts as a) a reminder of the human\u2019s place in the hierarchy of the universe and b) to tap in to the powers of that universe to get the desired results in the human world.\nMost robes found today are in poor condition. Problems of repairs and loss of silk-floss thread are not uncommon unfortunately.\nBelow are a few robes shown below with these visually evocative objects:\n\n\n\n\n\n\u00a0\nLegend has it that a long time ago, all Shamans used to be women as men were employed and busy in farming. Then, there occurred an incident in which the Shaman went into labor and childbirth during the ceremony and her husband took over the ritual and produced results. After that, men began performing this role and gradually replaced women.\nIn the hills of Vietnam, it is still possible to find practicing Shamans\u2026..\nMust visit someday to get a first-hand experience of the ceremony!\nFrom the WOVENSOULS collection\njm\nOct 2016\n\nSave\nSave\nSave\nSave\nSave\nSave\nSave\nSave\nSave\nSave\nThe post Art of the Universe \u2013 Yao Shaman Robes appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.