Friday, May 10, 2013

The Flowing Skull

One of the more interesting and unusual sculptures at the 2013 Lotus Lantern Festival held by the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul was this figure. Holding a skull that seemed to have representative water flowing into an open lotus, the figure was definitely intriguing. The sculpture reminded me of the Kali Puja festival I saw in Kolkata, India. Kali, a Hindu goddess who developed a taste for killing after she was asked to assist in slaying a menacing foe at a battle. She is depicted with a garland of heads of her victims, as well as carrying a recently decapitated head.  

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