SOAS University of London

The Tiger in Asian Religions

Martin Palmer, John Carpenter, Zara Fleming, Anna Dallapiccola, Susan Conway

Date: 13 November 2010Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 13 November 2010Time: 4:00 PM

Venue: Room: Asia House

Type of Event: Workshop

Saturday 13 November, 9.45 – 16.00

A study day exploring the tiger’s role as a symbol of power and protection in the religions and arts of Asia through the centuries.  Whether in the peaks of the
Himalayas or the plains of Rajasthan, the monasteries of Japan or the dense jungle of
South-East Asia, the peoples of Asia have accorded the tiger pride of place in their mythologies and religions. Renowned academics and speakers discuss the extraordinary variety of fine, decorative and folk arts these myths have inspired, focusing on key objects in the exhibition. Religious artworks explored include Ming Daoist sculpture, early Zen painting, Tibetan Buddhist thangkas and Hindu painting.

Speakers and topics include:

  • Riding the Tiger: gods, exorcism, power and the tiger in Chinese culture - Martin Palmer
  • The Tiger in Zen painting and calligraphy - John Carpenter
  • Tigers in the Buddhism of Tibet, Mongolia and the Himalayas - Zara Fleming
  • The Tiger in Indian Myth and Imagination - Anna Dallapiccola
  • Tigers and Magic in South East Asia - Susan Conway

Tickets £35/£30
Asia House Friends £25

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