Apsaras

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Tiago Simões
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Apsaras

Post by Tiago Simões » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:47 am

I've been meaning to draw some apsaras, their fluid design is almost mermerizing. But I'm not quite sure what they are exacly. Are they just minor devas? Do they serve some purpose other than aesthetics?

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Then, the Licchavi Vimalakīrti spoke to the elder Śāriputra and the great disciples: “Reverends, eat of the food of the Tathāgata! It is ambrosia perfumed by the great compassion. But do not fix your minds in narrow-minded attitudes, lest you be unable to receive its gift.”

- Chapter 9, The Feast Brought by the Emanated Incarnation
The Noble Mahāyāna Sūtra “The Teaching of Vimalakīrti”

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Re: Apsaras

Post by Kim O'Hara » Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:31 pm

They are as much Hindu as Buddhist - maybe even more Hindu - and have various minor roles in both traditions ... mainly decorative, IMO, and often explicitly sexual.
This link gives a pretty good cross-cultural overview - http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Apsara

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Re: Apsaras

Post by Tiago Simões » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:10 pm

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:31 pm
They are as much Hindu as Buddhist - maybe even more Hindu - and have various minor roles in both traditions ... mainly decorative, IMO, and often explicitly sexual.
This link gives a pretty good cross-cultural overview - http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Apsara

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So they do appear to be just minor devas. Is there any reference to them in any sutra?
Then, the Licchavi Vimalakīrti spoke to the elder Śāriputra and the great disciples: “Reverends, eat of the food of the Tathāgata! It is ambrosia perfumed by the great compassion. But do not fix your minds in narrow-minded attitudes, lest you be unable to receive its gift.”

- Chapter 9, The Feast Brought by the Emanated Incarnation
The Noble Mahāyāna Sūtra “The Teaching of Vimalakīrti”

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Re: Apsaras

Post by jhanapeacock » Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:38 am

Tiago Simões wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:10 pm
Kim O'Hara wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:31 pm
They are as much Hindu as Buddhist - maybe even more Hindu - and have various minor roles in both traditions ... mainly decorative, IMO, and often explicitly sexual.
This link gives a pretty good cross-cultural overview - http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Apsara

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Kim
So they do appear to be just minor devas. Is there any reference to them in any sutra?
They are minor devas, remember a sutta when they mention that the most beautiful of woman is like a mutilated monkey in comparison with an apsara. In that sutta buddha is trying to convince a layman to ordain, dont remember exactly what it was.

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