Buddha Statues: Hairstyle?

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Re: Buddha Statues: Hairstyle?

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:42 am

lyndon taylor wrote:I've heard that the Buddha asked that images not be made of him from several sources, but again no references.
See the above PDF.

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Re: Buddha Statues: Hairstyle?

Postby Sylvester » Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:58 am

tiltbillings wrote:That would be interesting. I rather seriously doubt such a sutta text that explicitly states that prohibition exists.

http://huntingtonarchive.osu.edu/resour ... 0Image.pdf See pages 25-8.

For those itching to see the Ekottara Agama source of the legend of King Udayana (優填王) and King Prasenajit's (波斯匿王) statues of the Buddha in sandalwood and gold respectively, here it is from Sutta Central - http://www.cbeta.org/cgi-bin/goto.pl?li ... 5_p0703b13. Scroll down to p0706a01 onwards.

Oddly enough, James McHugh in "Sandalwood and Carrion - Smell in Indian Religion & Culture", p.211 mentions a medieval Jain legend of an image of Mahavira made from "ox-head sandalwood". In the above Ekottara Agama sutra, we have the same sandalwood being mentioned as the material for King Udayana's statue of the Buddha -

優填王即以牛頭栴 檀作如來形像高五尺

Hmm, I wonder if the Thais would approve if they discovered that this Mahasanghika sutra is the source of one of their their Monday Buddha legends.

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Re: Buddha Statues: Hairstyle?

Postby greenjuice » Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:43 pm

The only statue that I could find that represents Buddha with shaved head is Tuyet Son Statue, from 18th century Vietnam, where Buddha is represented sitting/ relaxing.

As for the hairstyle on other statues, it is not Greek, but Indian in origin. It is usually called the rishi knot, the knot that sages make of their hair. Shiva is represented with such hairstyle, as are the Hindu rishis, such as Vyasa. A lot of sadhus tie their hair like that, as do Sikhs.

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Re: Buddha Statues: Hairstyle?

Postby chris98e » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:16 am

This topic intrigued me too when I first read about it. But the Buddha it is well know cut off some of his hair after he left his luxurious palace/home. And now that he is a Buddha he has a crown of hair which is one of the marks of a great being. :buddha2: :anjali: :bow:

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Re: Buddha Statues: Hairstyle?

Postby Paribbajaka » Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:01 pm

I'm not sure of the source, but I'd always heard that the topknot hairstyle was also a visual way to distinguish between Buddha and other monks in art and statues.
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