Saturday, July 17, 2010

TW-165398 & CN-221121

Today i didn't receive any cards!! But i've got a lot of cards these week, i guess i can't complain.
Five of the cards i got were officials, these 2 are from Taiwan and China.

TW-165398, sent by Paul.
"The Luce Memorial Chapel is a Christhian chapel on the campus of Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan. It was designed by the architect and artist Chen Chi-Kwan in collaboration with the firm of noted architect I. M. Pei, and named in honor of Rev. Henry Luce, an American missionary in China in the late 19th century.
Construction took place from September 1962 until November 1963." - in: wikipedia
This is an ilutration representing an Apsara, "a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Frequently encountered English translations of the word "Apsara" are "nymph," "celestial nymph," and "celestial maiden."
Apsaras are beautiful, supernatural women. They are youthful and elegant, and proficient in the art of dancing. They are the wives of the Gandharvas, the court servants of Indra. They dance to the music made by their husbands, usually in the palaces of the gods, and entertain gods and fallen heroes. As caretakers of fallen heroes, they may be compared to the valkyries of Norse mythology.
Apsaras are said to be able to chnage their shapes at will, and rule over the fortunes of gaming and gambling. Apsaras are sometimes compared to the muses of ancient Greece, with each of the 26 Apsaras at Indra's court representing a distinct aspect of the performing arts. Apsaras are associated with water; thus, they may be compared to the nymphs, dryads and naiads of ancient Greece. They are associated with fertility rites." - in: wikipedia

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