What a breath-taking picture! It intrigued me that this represents a Goddess based on Buddhist tradition. Now, there seems to be some disconnect, as original Buddhism did not go into Gods and Goddesses as it was more about a “personal God”. So, this seems to be more of a Hinduism-Buddhism mashup somewhere along the line. In any case, the dance must have been beautiful as the picture is.
Tai Lihua, art director of China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe, leads 20 deaf dancers in performing “Thousand-hand Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva”, or “Guan Yin”, a Chinese goddess, in Beijing February 19, 2008. Feeling music through speakers and guided by hand gestures, a troupe of deaf dancers in Beijing take steps to champion the rights of disabled people across the world. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA)
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