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Art of Different Religions

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli By Maggie Becker Art of Different Religions Hinduism Buddhism Islam Christianity Judaism Also a lot of Buddhist art depicts the wheel of life. Most Buddhist art is an interpretation of Buddha. Mandalas are also common in Buddhist art. These are some examples of traditional representations of Buddha. Here is an example of the wheel of life. Mandalas are not only an art, but a form of prayer and meditation for monks. Art is a major part of the Buddhist religion. It is a component of prayer, meditation and lifestyle. Art is huge in Christianity It often depicts bible stories, images of Jesus and God and crosses. Much of the art in Christianity depicts crosses, because of the role of the cross in the crucifixion. The last supper is a common interpretation in Christian art. The most famous is probably this one by Leonardo da Vinci. Lotus flowers are common in Buddhism. The flower represents the soul leaving suffering. One of the most influential Christian artists
was Michelangelo. With the Sistine chapel and David statue of David and Goliath, he had a huge impact on Christian art and art everywhere. A widely recognized and extremely meaningful piece of Christian art is the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janero, Brazil. Artwork is a key component of the Christian religion. Stained Glass is common in Christian churches as a medium of art. So instead, calligraphy is used as an art form in Islamic culture. The art focuses on the words of God, unlike other religions, who's art may focus on images of God. The oldest Islamic buildings, such as the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, feature mosaics and tiles as decoration on the interior walls. Islamic art is different from art of other religions. It is different because unlike most religions Islamic art is not depicting God or a founder. Many Muslims believe that honoring a God through artwork is the same as honoring other idols, which they believe is against the Koran. Another common medium of Islamic art is rugs and carpets. Referred to as oriental rugs, they range from being used as prayer rugs to being used as everyday carpets. While Islamic art is not always as recognizable as other art, it is significant and important to the people of the Islamic faith. Hindu art often focuses on representations of the different forms of God. This is a typical representation of Brahma, the creator. This is an example of art portraying Vishnu, the preserver. This is a traditional picture of Siva, the destroyer. These representations of Deities often are featured with extra limbs. The extra limbs represent power and show how much the God can accomplish at once. Hindu artwork focuses on the Gods and the art shows the significance of the Gods. Hindu art has an impact on lives and worship in the Hindu community. A lot of Jewish art is in the form of architecture. Jewish art is not limited to architecture. It exists in many forms and mediums. Some of the original Jewish art was the two great temples. In this representation of Solomon's great temple, which was later destroyed, it is obvious the beauty and thought put into the temple. Herod's temple is also a great example of ancient Jewish art. This is a model of the second great temple. In more recent times the star of David has become common in Jewish art. The six points symbolize God ruling over everything in all directions; up, down, north, south, east, and west. Art is valuable and timeless in the Jewish culture and it continues to impact the faith today. Art has a greater impact on religions than most people realize. Art is a form of expression of religion. It is a way to worship, and it makes the religions unique .
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