Introduction - Thangkas, Mandalas

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Thangkas are Tibetan Buddhist (Lamaismor Tantrayana / Vajrayana- Buddhism) iconographic paintings.
They are a form of religious art, which has a 1,000 year long tradition, that still carries on today.

The scroll- paintings are first composed on a screen. Traditionally, natural colors are used, but since the beginning of the 20th century, artificial pigments also. Real gold is often used, in order to show respect to the Gods. This has a fantastic aesthetic effect emphasing the beauty of the Thangkas.

The artists often, not always, are monks, who have had a special training in screen paintings (for at least 10 years), because Thangkas have to follow special iconographic and iconometric rules , according to Holy Texts (Tanyur, Kanyur, Nispannayogavali, etc). The guidelines also include the form, the positions of the Gods, their attributes and throne as well as their dress (monks, princely or wrathful dress).

The paintings serve as sacred works in the monasteries, as help in meditation, bv protection from demons or as votive pictures.

Tibetans love colors. This can be seen by the bright radiating colors in Thangka-paintings. There are traditional color paintings, and also the so-called red - based, black - based and gold - based paintings. There are other differences between the portrayal figures and Mandala motifs .

Because the religious art of Lamaism was not only found in Tibet, but spread to many other countries (Mongolia, parts of Siberia and China, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Ladakh), despite the tragic fate of Tibet, this precious form of iconic art has never experienced a significant break. This art lives and continues to develop today . Therefore, even new Thangkas are original and also authentic.

As you can see, that’s why Tibetan Buddhist Thangkas enjoy immense popularity worldwide. Aesthetically, they fit to every room and make for a harmonious atmosphere. In addition, Thangkas radiate positive energy and create a glowing aura.

For further informations contact:

 Snow Lion Gallery Tibet
 Edda & Hans-Juergen Reichelt,
 Schmiedeweg 78 B, 31613 Wietzen, Germany
 Tel.: +49 - 5022 1687  Fax: +49 - 5022 1882
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