Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Gods do not use an iPhone

The #Tropenmuseum new object of the month is this statue of the God Ganesha.

In a break with the past, the object of the month is about objects that have an interesting story to tell. This month, Ganesha is sitting on a money box with a mobile at its ear.

The associated text is in translation:

Ganesha, contemporary appearance of Ganesha as a businessman, sitting on a money box having a conversation on his mobile. The God with the head of an elephant, Ganesha, is the son of Shiva and Parvate, two important deities of the Hindu pantheon. He is the leader of the ganas (earth spirits and kobolds). Ganesha is the God of wisdom and the remover of obstacles of material and psychic nature. As a consequence he is venerated before important business is undertaken. The popular Ganesha can be found in tempels on house shrines, in niches in shops, on dashboards, near a door as a statue, print or as sticker. In many places Ganesha is venerated in the form of a stone painted orange with the contours of en elephant. He is depicted either sitting, standing , crawling or dancing.

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