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Buddhist artists display lotus images in HCM City exhibit (Januray 07, 2005)

Images of Lotus flowers - a symbol of Vietnamese culture and Buddhism in Vietnam are on display at an exhibition entitled "Sen Dat Viet" (Lotus of Viet), which opened recently at Ho Chi Minh City's Fine Art Association.

The eighty pieces displayed include photos, oil paintings and calligraphy, created by 30 Buddhist followers from across the country.

Some of the artists also incorporated unconventional materials such hay or sawdust to express their opinion with aspects of daily life.

In most of the works presented, images of lotus flowers are used to symbolise a cultural identity and the "soul" of the Vietnamese people.

The religious associations with the flower, such as Sen Hong (Pink Lotus), Sen Tam (Lotus Soul) or Lotus (Sen) are also well rendered in the exhibitions art. The exhibition is part of the Buddha's Enlightenment Day, and will raise funds for Orange Agent victims in Vietnam.

The exhibition will run until January 10. (VNS)

Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper


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