Life and Death
Native American Mandala
By David Chethlahe Paladin
spirits of life and death are seen as reflections of one another.
Preston, Navajo medicine man and tribal leader explained, "In life
we constantly experience death. In death, we experience life.
The two are interwoven into the pattern of creation. It is this
pattern we perceive to be 'God'. The breath of the Creator, mixed
with our own, forms the warp and woof of the two interpenetrating
realities." In this painting the spirit masks are symbolic of
life and death. The dots are symbols of life's
experiences of learning and death's experiences of knowing.
20" x 16", Acrylic on Canvas
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