To begin with, one of the reason why Asian Art came
together was due to religion because it plays a huge role in their culture.
However, not all Asian nations have the same beliefs and religion. Even though
they may come from one origin, they are transformed to their own unique form in
their respective Asian nation. For example, Buddhism is a very common religion
throughout Asian countries. I have seen so many different forms and style of
Buddha yet most of them are consistent with the same features, such as
elongated ears, hand gestures (Abhrya, Varada, Vitarka, Dharma-Chakra, and
Dhyana.Mudra), and flowy clothes.
Even with the same religion, all beliefs towards
Buddha is different and varies with location or geography. “Buddha Maitreya
(Mile fo)” is a Buddha statue from the Northern Wei, China. Northern Wei believed that Maitreya
is the only divinity in Buddhism and how he is set out to help the people in
need. On the other hand, Vairocana Buddha, Dainichi Nyorai from Japan is
believed to be the “great sun” in Japan and that all comes down to the legend
when the temple was destroyed by a big fire but the statue was still standing. These variations of
Buddha shows the viewer different stories about Buddhist beliefs of Buddhism.