Religion

Understanding Islam at the David Museum, Copenhagen

Today, we have little exposure to the Islamic world and culture. Globally, the tense narrative around Islam has led people to associate the religion with violence; giving rise to a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment....

Art of the Book : Quran & Calligraphy

Tonight is the start of Ramadan, and as our Muslim friends start celebrating, here’s a glimpse into the collection of Quran manuscripts from around the world along with some fascinating objects with calligraphed verses....

In Pictures: Christian Art in the Mughal Period

Jesuit missionaries were the first group of Europeans to visit the Mughal court. They initially arrived at the Portuguese colony of Goa in 1542; at the invitation of Akbar (r. 1556-1605), there were altogether...

Ganesha : The God of Beginnings

WHAT IS IT?   This sculpture of Ganesha, made of muscovite biotite schist  is believed to belong to the early 11th Century's Pala Art School, and finds its origins in Bihar. "Pala" refers to the suffix in the...

Guru Nanak and the Monster Fish

Guru Nanak and the Monster fish is a story that teaches us the values of Sikhism - that of having your faith and focus on God, of hard work, and of sharing with others....

Nataraja : The Lord of Dance

WHAT IS IT? 'The Nataraja' is one of the most important, visually thrilling forms of the Hindu god Shiva. Artists in Tamil Nadu, India began to make this form of Shiva in the early tenth century,...

The Everlasting Flame

Contributed by Sunny Narang There are about 130,000 Parsis or Zoroastrians in the world , about 61,000 in India , 25,000 in Iran and 14,000 in USA , 6,500 in Canada , 5,500 in Great...
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