Blue hair & red robe

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Jimmy Kang on April 10, 2009

This century old Buddha is roughly crafted and painted in red monk robe, golden skin and blue hair. I decided to ask the local here who owned a souvenir store next to it, “why his hair is blue?”. He give a logical and reasonable answer, “Buddha is bigger than human, how big, his head touching the blue sky, that’s why his hair is represented in blue, a reflection of heaven.” So the blue colour is symbolically depicting the largeness of Buddha. Sky from all religious points of view also represents heaven. The blue hair is quite common in China Buddha image. Perhaps it was spread all the way there from here. Swayambhunath temple, Kathmandu, Nepal.

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  • Uploaded on April 10, 2009
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    by Jimmy Kang

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