Monday, October 20, 2014

China's lost [Mexican] civilization (Bowers)

Xochitl, CC Liu, Crystal Quintero, Dhr. Seven, and Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly; Bianca Ramirez (SCPR.org/KPCC FM); the Bowers Museum (bowers.org), Orange County



 
How very Alaskan
Rare ancient Chinese bronzes go on display today at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana (Orange County, California).
 
The exhibition is called "China's Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui."
 
It features 3,000-year-old elephant tusks, ancient jades, monumental bronzes, and a life-sized statue of a nobleman.

Construction workers in southwest China accidentally discovered the artifacts in 1986.

Suzanne Cahill, the exhibit's curator, says this is one of the greatest archaeological finds ever to be unearthed.

[Are these items reminiscent of Mesoamerican Aztec figures and North American Alaskan totems?

Edward P. Vining knew of the fifth century arrival of Chinese and Afghan Buddhist missionaries, long before the arrival of the European conquerer and mercenary Colombus.

Rick Fields, in How the Swan Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America, thoroughly documents the arrival of Chinese Buddhists in Mexico and California long before Christianity or Catholicism made it to the continent.]

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Ancient Sichuan: Treasures from a Lost Civilization (mysterious China at bowers.org)

   
How very Aztec
"They found evidence of a society that was already very sophisticated, and technologically…very refined, that nobody knew had ever existed before," Cahill said.

"Unfortunately, they didn't find any writing.

"So we do not have any words from the peoples themselves to explain their religion, or their government, or their economy."

The exhibit runs through March 15 at the Bowers Museum. Then it will move to Houston's Museum of Natural Sciences. More
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Pit II, Sanxingdui: Summer 1986, archaeologists remove one of the largest bronze sculptures.


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THE PIECES:
Spiral energy vortex portal over Norway (IN).
1.  Bronze Head with Gold Mask, circa 1250-1100 BCE, excavated at Sanxingdui.
2.  Sun Disk with Birds, or Spiral Vortex/Portal opening in space (like one did over Norway), with its round shape and golden color, has also been interpreted as evidence of a Sun cult at Jinsha, which scholars speculate also existed at Sanxingdui or the possible implication that people from Sanxingdui later inhabited the Jinsha site.
3. Aztec/Toltec/Olmec Mesoamerican-like animal mask.
4. Pit at Jinsha.
5. Bronze Head with Gold Mask, circa 1250-1100 BCE, excavated at Sanxingdui.
6. AVIAN (GARUDA-SUPARNA/PHOENIX/PARROT or Inuit Alaskan: Large Bronze Bird Head, c. 1250-1100 BCE, bronze, excavated at Sanxingdui, where birds appear frequently in the art found at both sites, leading scholars to speculate without definitive proof that they may be totems, fetishes, or clan insignia, because the bird may represent, as it does later in Chinese culture, the Sun, transcendence, and the shaman, but this object represents the largest of the bird images found at Sanxingdui as its stylized features have been exaggerated in size, like the features seen in the heads and masks, where the forceful carving of these large features gives the head remarkable power.
7. Mask with Protruding Eyes, c. 1250-1100 BCE, bronze, excavated at Sanxingdui.
8. Bronze figure with Animal Headdress [or the extraterrestrial antennae of Item 10, the great standing figure.
9. Kneeling Human Figure [so self-evidently an influence on early Mexican/Mesoamerican art of the Aztecs and similar peoples], c. 1100-900 BCE, stone, excavated at Jinsha, a small figure of a kneeling man with a double braid hanging down his back resembling similar figures found at Sanxingdui, with hands bound behind its back suggesting that it represents a condemned prisoner or, perhaps, a sacrificial victim.
10. Human Figure [or Hungry Ghost/Preta, misshapen and hollow headed], c. 1100-900 BCE, stone, which exemplifies the curious nature of the several small human figures excavated at Jinsha, with missing head probably mounted where the hole is today, and smaller holes suggesting that the figure was attached to something else.
11. Standing Figure (replica), original c. 1250-1100 BCE, bronze, excavated at Sanxingdui, standing 8.5 feet high, monumental figure, with prominent eyes, huge ears, sharp nose, and thin mouth, does not look Chinese or even human, more extraterrestrial, and no bronze before it, or for centuries after it, compares to it in size making it the most precious artifact found at Sanxingdui, because it may hold the key to unlocking the mystery of this ancient civilization: It wears a crown and seems to hold an offering, perhaps an elephant tusk, in its large, now empty, hands, or it may have been a shaman, ancestor, ruler, priest/priestess, or protective, all-knowing god/goddess (alien overlord).
12. Pit 2, Sanxingdui, where one of the largest bronzes was excavated.
13. Spiral energy portal over Norway (IN).
 
Sun cults or Sky Portals?
(MS) The great energetic opening over Norway we were all lied to about by our governments.

COMMENTARY
The Buddha (Aganna Sutra), the Vedas, and Michael "Hidden Archeology" Cremo are right: this planet and humanoid life on it is much, MUCH older than scientists dare say in public.

THE BOWERS MUSEUM
Since reopening in 1991, the Bowers hsa hosted more than 80 exhibitions such as Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur, Secret World of the Forbidden City, The World of the Etruscans, Tibet: Treasures from the Roof of the World, Queen of Sheba: Legend and Reality, Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt, Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor, Art of the Samurai: Selections from the Tokyo National Museum, Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia, and Gods and Gifts: Treasures from the Vatican Museum.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

KISS, Punk Rock, Lit Crawl, Los Angeles

Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; (laweekly.com), Chicana/os Alice Bag and Jimmy Alvarado; Gene Simmons ("Family Guy")
"I want to rock 'n roll all night and party every day" - Gene Simmons and Company.
Most L.A. punk rockers were not Bavarian Nazis, but some were. Few were thrashing in lederhosen, but there were plenty of kilts (twentytwowords.com)
 
What would Noah Levine (Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, Los Angeles) about a book like this or the social movement that was and musical style that continues? We'll have to ask him at Vromans.
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We Were There: A Discussion on the Early Waves of Punk in L.A.
Vroman's Hastings Ranch at Sunday,  Oct. 19, 2014, 2:00 pm
wewerethere_illo_by_codey_richards_county_web_big_v_2.pngWhen singer-author Alice Bag and musician-writer Jimmy Alvarado convene for We Were There: A Discussion on the Early Waves of Punk in L.A. event, it’s going to run a lot deeper than a mere nostalgic gabfest.


Who needs pubs? We have lit in NOHO
As two of the longest-serving participants in L.A.’s feverish Eastside punk movement, Bag’s (lead singer and author of the riveting, majestic memoir Violence Girl, one of the women in punk, who famously appeared in The Decline of Western Civilization, Part 1) and oral historian Alvarado’s firsthand experience in punk will provide a lurid trove of underworld insight.

(Decline) The Alice Bag Band, aka the Bags, getting socially conscious performing "Gluttony"

Violence Girl
Setting music and politics aside to examine the movement’s sociocultural aspects makes it clear that punk played an intensely penetrating social role, one that instilled a liberation from stifling polyester ’70s uniformity just as profound as the prior decade’s Summer of Love.

Where the hippie pathology largely focused on spiritual and personal gratification, punk was all about dissatisfaction, disorder [or reordering the unfair social order], and critical examination.
 
Gene Simmons tells all (youtube.com)
Add to that mix the piquant wrinkle of the Chicano experience, and that pathology and experience broadens to reach even more fascinating psychic-artistic territory. Enter Jimmy Alvarado.
 
This should be a highly entertaining and provocative afternoon, one served up with equal measures of reckless back-alley abandon and invaluable gutter-bred philosophizing. More
  • Vroman’s Hastings Ranch
  • 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena
  • Sunday, Oct. 19, 2:00 pm; FREE
  • Bag’s book is $17.95. (626) 351-0828
Decline featuring Interviews with punks from the early 1980s in LA:
Circle Jerks, Germs, FEAR, Catholic Discipline, Alice Bag, more

Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One... (facebook.com/KISSopolis)
 
KISS legend, Israeli-born, Jewish rock god Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz, follow on twitter) is gearing up for the Oct. 21, 2014 release of his new book, Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business. He has announced a string of signing sessions to coincide with the release:
  • Sunday, Oct. 19, 2:00 pm
  • Barnes & Noble: The Grove
  • 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., CA More (nationwide)

"The most 'evil' band in the world"? If so, the Devil screwed all of us but good.
    "The Crazy Moons," the women of L.A. with "Poetry for the People," Oct. 22, 2014

      Fukushima Anniversary (photos)

      S-va-ha; CC Liu, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly; S-va-ha Contemporary Buddhist Art
      Ceremony for 2nd anniversary of 3.11 at Fukushima
      Ceremony of 3.11 at Fukushima by Contemporary Buddhist Art unit S-va-ha
      Ceremony of 3.11 at Fukushima by Contemporary Buddhist Art unit S-va-ha
      Ceremony of 3.11 at Fukushima by Contemporary Buddhist Art unit S-va-ha

       
      Ceremony for Fukushima anniversary
      Booth of S-va-ha at TAGBOAT ART FES.2013
      Fukushima: Buddhist Art unit S-va-ha
      Ceremony for Second Anniversary of 3.11 at Fukushima, May 2013. The contemporary Buddhist art unit, "S-va-ha," visited the Beach in Iwaki City, Fukushima. Passing some deserted houses hit by the tsunami, with some repaired and being lived in again, we reached the beach.
       
      As we stepped onto the sand, we felt some hidden pressure. We made a sand mound, erected a sand and wood stupa (reliquary mound), and laid out a floral tribute to help the departed cross over successfully.
       
      Ceremony for Mt.Fuji
      Kawakami Shugyo, Hirabayashi Yukihisa, artists and Buddhist priests, chanted a sutra. The female performer Tetta  invoked Buddhist bodhisattvas ("saints," those aspiring for supreme enlightenment who have vowed to help all others reach the same liberation) and performed Butoh for the departed. We tried to fulfill the possibility that contemporary art can connect to ancient Buddhism and composed Butoh and Buddhist chants to be of service to the departed. We made an art film to open entitled "Ceremony for 2nd Anniversary of 3.11" (video below).
       

      VIDEO: Fukushima Ceremony
      (Svaha2012) 3.11から2年があまりが経過した2013年の3月 仏教•現代・美術ユニット、ソ-ワ-カは福島県いわき市のとある海岸に足を運んだ 津波で廃屋になった家々 再び生活を取り戻している家々 その合間を通り過ぎ、砂浜に足を踏み入れた時、何か、目に見えない重圧の様なものを感じた わたしたちは供養の為の土壇を作り、献花をし、卒塔婆を建立した 犠牲者への供養として僧侶であり美術家でもある川上秀行と平林幸壽は読経をあげ、女性パフォーマーのTETTAは菩薩に扮し舞踏を献じた 供養の舞踏と読経を映像として発表する事 これは現代美術と仏教の直接的な接合の可能性を探る試みでもある それが、この ”Ceremony for 2nd anniversary of 3.11”

      Ceremony for calming the earth at Ōta-ku, Tokyo, Japan by S-va-ha