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Amazing Oriental Oil Paintings of Chinese Goddesses and Angels by Zeng Hao

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Zeng Hao is a famous painter origins from Sichuan, China and he is well-known for his series of painting of female bodhisattvas and Chinese fairies figures. These series of work which drew inspiration from the historic Buddhist Caves at DunHuang have gained a lot of praises and recognitions internationally.

Known as 'DunHuang Flying (Fei Tian) series, Zeng Hao adopted the western romantic oil painting style and combined it with the traditional Chinese culture and current aesthetic prevalence, and thus the amazing painting as the results.

In Zeng Hao own words, the DunHuang Goddess "is the embodiment of the saint, nobleness and goodness of human nature".

Enjoy the Amazing works of Zeng Hao below.

The painter, Zeng Hao with one of his oriental oil painting works

The painter, Zeng Hao with one of his oriental oil painting works

Kuan Yin Bodhisattva (Goddess of Mercy) Oberving the World

Kuan Yin Bodhisattva (Goddess of Mercy) Oberving the World

In Buddhism, a bodhisattva can be defined as either an enlightend (bodhi) existence (sattva) or an enlightenment being. A Bodhisattva is actually a person who has been motivated by great compassion and generated bodhicitta, a wish to attain Buddhahood for the well being of all sentient beings. Bodhisattva is a step away from becoming a fully enlightened being or a Buddha.

In Buddhism, particular in the Mahayana tradition there's a belief that there are many bodhisattvas exist in the celestial realm and Kuan Yin being one of them. Most importantly, this goddess can be considered the most famous one.

Kuan Yin or Guan Yin is a famous goddess (of mercy) that worshipped by the Chinese. In fact, there were many legends that depict the story of Kuan Yin. Note that Kuan Yin is a bodhisattva and not a God feature that most have believed or linked it to. The definition of god is also quite different in the Chinese and which is does not necessary mean the creator or supreme being.

Kuan Yin is known as Avalokistesvara (means the Lord that looks down) in Sankrit and Chenrezig in Tibetan. Originally, Avalokistesvara is depicted as a young male figure with flat chested body. According to the Historical Buddha Sakyamuni, Avalokitesvara had actually attained Buddhahood long long time ago but he manifested himself into a Bodhisattva in order to save all sentient beings from sufferings.

The transformation of Avalokitesvara to Kuan Yin began in China where a feminine figure was easily acceptable for a compassionate character compare to a male figure. There are quite a numbers of opinions regarding this. For the Buddha's teaching followers, this is not important as they believe that Kuan Yin will appear in whatever form that it finds suitable (this is according to the Lotus Sutra).

One of the most chanted mantras by the Chinese which can associated with Kuan Yin is none other than the Great Compassion Dharani or better known as Maha Karuna Dharani in Sanskrit. The short heart mantra of Avalokitesvara is Om Mani Padme Hum and it is very famous among the Tibetans.

Bodhisattva holding a lotus

Bodhisattva holding a lotus

Thousand Arms Kuan Yin Bodhisattva (Prajna)

Thousand Arms Kuan Yin Bodhisattva (Prajna)

Group of Oriental Angels with Music Instruments

Group of Oriental Angels with Music Instruments

Group of Oriental Angels with Music Instruments

Group of Oriental Angels with Music Instruments

Group of Oriental Angels

Group of Oriental Angels

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Comments

Kamber Naumann on December 19, 2018:

You are an amazingly talented painter! Kuan Yin is dear to my heart. Where can you buy your paintings?

Richard Field on May 09, 2017:

I love Zeng Hao's work. One of my favourites is his painting of Padmasambhava.

KenWu (author) from Malaysia on August 15, 2014:

Glad you love it! Jeudemann!

S L Jeudemann from Omaha, NE on August 15, 2014:

Very beautiful and exotic paintings. Not like anything I have seen before. Thanks for sharing.

KenWu (author) from Malaysia on March 07, 2013:

Agree with you!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on March 07, 2013:

that is really ahhmazing!! Beautiful art made by a talented person.

KenWu (author) from Malaysia on March 05, 2013:

Thanks, Jake for the valuable comment.

Jake Brannen from Canada on March 05, 2013:

It's a shame how Western Religion has forsaken the goddess motif. Thanks for sharing :)

Stephanie Das from Miami, US on December 16, 2012:

Wow, these are beautiful. So much talent. My favorite is the last one, with the harp. I had never heard of this artist.

KenWu (author) from Malaysia on December 16, 2012:

Thanks CrisSp for the valuable comment and your precious time.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on December 15, 2012:

This is very educational and the paintings are all beautiful, very impressive. Zeng Hao, is indeed a great artist.

Thanks for sharing. Voted up and beautiful.