C H A S I N G T H E W I L D G O O S E
b y P a t r i c i a B j a a l a n d W e l c h
The wild goose or hamsa has been a popular motif in Asia for over 2000 years, featuring in both Hindu and Buddhist art (gazing down at a reclining Vishnu, at Amaravati, on the cross-bars of Buddhist thrones), cave murals and paintings (such as those at Ajanta and Ellora), ancient Indian textiles, as well as figuring in some of the region's best known classical stories, such as the Mahabharata and the Hamsajataka. They appear on Tibetan sutra covers, Kashmiri tiles, as well as Thai royal barges. One of China's most famous pagodas is called 'The Wild Goose Pagoda'. But why? This was the question our speaker pondered last year, a question that took her on, in her own words, her "wild goose chase". Join us as we travel together with her on this journey discovering the meaning and symbolism of the wild goose, its many forms, and the role it has played in South, Southeast and East Asian religious art.
Mrs. Patricia Bjaaland Welch, M.A., is a former Lecturer in Asian Religion and Philosophy (College of Liberal Arts, Boston University) and an independent researcher and author of several books including Oxford University Press' Chinese New Year and Tuttle's Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery. She is currently a resident in Singapore, where she is an active docent and lecturer, and a part- time resident in Bangkok.
DATE: 23 August 2012 (Thursday)
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
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