Rituals can be transformational episodes that connect the initiand with other realms and higher cosmic plains. Thai Lanna Buddhist rituals are sublime and magnificent ceremonies.
By Indian mythology, one refers to worldviews that emerged in the Indian subcontinent. What makes them unique is the belief in rebirth.
In Buddhism and Hinduism, the mandala is a symbol of devotion representing the transformation of the Universe from a state of suffering to one of enlightenment.
Although their origins lie in Japanese folk traditions, omamori are still a popular sight throughout Japan. The word itself, 御守り, doesn’t have a direct translation into English, but they are protection charms – usually for sale within both Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines – which are said to contain spirits.
Madeline D’Este explores the possible origins behind the common belief that the act of opening an umbrella indoors invites bad luck.