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Monk On A Tiger

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1 Joel Cruz = "Painting is very meditative."
2 Shawn Bose = "Beautiful painting. It reminds me of the iconography of Dionysus appearing from the East riding on a tiger. This image is one of the first salvation deities, a personal godhead through whom one could find enlightenment (intimating the same idea that Joel might be representing here)It is also an image that carries through to Christian iconography. Many scholars draw the connection between the Dionysus imagery and that of Christ arriving in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday on a donkey."
3 Joel Cruz = "My first painting, nothing technical; it's based on an image I saw in some paperback book of Chinese iconography. Shown during:  http://www.e-flux.com/announcements/no-soul-for-sale/I didn't realize how common the image was until I googled it in your explanation."
4 Shawn Bose = "Joel - that is interesting. I think that is one of the most important ways in which we can use the explanations of imagery on Deily - often these archetypes are so ingrained in our collective human psyche we do not even actively recognize their origins.  That is what is so valuable about our religious traditions, they inform us always because for the majority of human history it is how we have made sense of the world. To discover or 'rediscover' this can be helpful to all of us in our own journeys."
5 Joel Cruz = "This isn't the image I based it on but a random google image  search for monk on a tiger chinese buddhism. "
6 Joel Cruz = "There is a certain similarity to the idea of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey."