Penultimate Parges of Rangoli diaries

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 8, 2002 at 21:36:23:

Link below to the next to last part of the Rangoli diaries.

Remember how you made "footprints" on a foggy school bus window by
stamping the side of your hand there, then pressing your fingertips
for toes? That's sorta how women make "footprints of the goddess" for
rangoli ... they dip their fist then fingers into rice flour paste,
then stamp it on the ground. Dr. Bhardwaj, the prof who worked with
me on my rangoli research paper taught me that one! Some art
historians believe that when Persian paisley patterns moved into
Indian art (about 250 years ago), they were readilly adapted in
because the shape resembled the "goddesses footprints", a very
auspicious pattern for Hindu people.

More about the creation of this rangoli, and the goddesses footprints
around it at the link below!


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