He has a topknot as if crowned with a flower garland.
topknot is as if crowned with flower garland (You have to distinguish with a Buddha image what you are looking at -- whether it is the physical body of the Buddha which has a topknot like a garland or whether it is the Body of Enlightenment [dhammakaaya] of the Buddha which also has lotus bud on the topknot.)
bodom wrote:He has a topknot as if crowned with a flower garland.
This is one of the 32 or 80 marks of a great man which the Buddha is said to have possessed.
Physical characteristics of the Buddha
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_c ... the_Buddha
The Signs of a Great Man
http://www.onmarkproductions.com/Signs- ... -32-80.htm
32.His head is like a royal turban (Pali: u nahisiso). Note that this denotes his cranial protrusion, visible on Buddhist iconography.
Refugee wrote:Also thanks to Kenshou. I did some search following your comment and found that the conquests of Alexander the Great could have resulted in Hellenistic (Greek) culture being fused with Indian culture including Buddhism. This could have influenced the Buddhist icongraphy to some extent.
Kim O'Hara wrote:Refugee wrote:Before those first statues, the Buddha and dhamma were represented more symbolically, e.g. the wheel.
After his renunciation, like all other monks, he ‘cut off his hair and beard’ (M.I,163)
The brahman seeing the Blessed One some way off, said this: "Stay there, you shaveling, stay there you wretched monk, stay there you outcast." When he spoke thus the Blessed One said to the brahman: "Do you know, brahman, who an outcast is and what the conditions are that make an outcast?" "No, indeed, Venerable Gotama, I do not know who an outcast is nor the conditions that make an outcast. It is good if Venerable Gotama were to explain the Dhamma to me so that I may know who an outcast is and what the conditions are that make an outcast."
That would be interesting. I rather seriously doubt such a sutta text that explicitly states that prohibition exists.Kim OHara wrote:
I can't remember, Tilt - sorry. I did a fair bit of research into early Buddhism 8 - 10 years ago but haven't looked at it much since then. If you had asked me three years ago, when I wrote that sentence, I may have been able to tell you but it has gone from my memory now.
If it occurs to me, I will pop back and tell you.
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