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Tantra : some big ideas from small paintings; anonymous, didactic abstractions

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The Birth of Speech; near Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 2008 © Courtesy of Feature Inc
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Tantra : some big ideas from small paintings; anonymous, didactic abstractions

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These small paintings are made anonymously in india by practitioners of Tantra, some of whom are artists, to signify and stimulate specific mental and /or spiritual experiences. While they are traditional images that have evolved over centuries with highly conventionalized forms and colors, they exude such a high level of intentionality that they continually appear fresh and alive. Despite their didactic function, they also have a history of being coveted as decorative objects and abstract art.