Day Two Hundred Sixty Eight, October 17, 2011

luck and chinese fortune sticks

In almost every culture in the history of the human race, you find appearances of links to the esoteric worlds. From the Tarot of Ancient Egypt, to high priests, fortune tellers, oracles, the research of astrology, numerology and the list goes on and on down to religious beliefs and different faiths around the globe.

At different times, humans ask questions and look for answers in the unseen worlds rather than the seen. This aspect of life continues to tickle the interest of Lea as she asks her daily “beyond the beyond” questions.

photo taken: Lea reading the luck for the day from a stick she picked out of a Chinese Fortune Sticks box we bought in a Shanghai antique market.

Day Two Hundred Sixty Seven, October 16, 2011

behind a clown's face

Clowns have been known to be around since the times of ancient Egypt, when the role of clown and priest were held by the same person. This points to a much more significant importance for the role of the clown which goes far beyond animal balloons and silly tricks. Through the deformation of certain features and focusing on the ridiculous, many important esoteric and psychological lessons were passed on. Similar roles were played by the pantomimus of ancient Greece, the mimes of France, the Lazzi of Comedia dell’arte, even to Japanese Kabuki theater and Native American Shamens.

What fascinates me the most when seeing a clown or a mime, is the face behind the mask. I always find myself looking through the eyes to detect what that face is really projecting behind the painted smile. Strange traditions that are most definitely worthy of a deeper research.