Life and Death

Native American Mandala

By David Chethlahe Paladin

The spirits of life and death are seen as reflections of one another.  Scott 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.

Life and Death

20" x 16", Acrylic on Canvas

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