Well, every year there are festivities for the end of October. Well, we celebrate cause it is my sister’s birthday. Well, since there is the celebration of Halloween. There is also the celebration at church of All souls and All Saints. We would do Halloween and have fun with the kids. As time goes by the costumes changes. I don’t believe with going with time but it happens. Sometimes, we just follow the artist making Mahakala Buddhist Deity Pumpkin.
We would do our pumpkin and costume. I don’t give it much notice but enjoy making my pastries and Halloween bites. This year, I see the señor walks in with the pumpkin and decided am gonna share our little tradition. As soon as we were finished with diner. I saw the tools coming out and work began with cleaning of the pumpkin. Let’ see what utensils was used: Carving tools, ice cream scoop and marker, um interesting. I sat and did some writing and then I saw drawings and concentration with the lines and curves. I was intrigue but did not realize it was going to be different til afterwards and got my camera rolling.
Later I noticed the carving of the pumpkin, wow such intensity. You could see the artist in action. The detail orientation of the masterpiece. It really is amazing to see the creativity mask changes with each itch that was placed. You can see the mask evolving and coming to life. It seems to be speaking like a baby and eventually formed into a form that says I am here just wait til I am completed to appreciate my span of life and place in this momentum.
Well, normally it is complete the same evening but this year, it seems to take another toll. It was carved and became beautiful when lit. Oh dear, we are not finished. We will make it look even more real. Ha, when an artist has an idea, it will not finish til it is finished with what it has in mind. Oh dear but it will be awesome is all I can say. I guess as a cook, I can understand the algorithms, lol.
The Mahakala Buddhist Deity Pumpkin painting and carving is of the Mahakala a wrathful buddhist deity that may scare off demons or remind people to be good. It is often found standing in the warrior pose (Pratyalidhasana), is surrounded by flames, have razor sharp fangs and a protruding belly. On the forehead you can see a third eye in the center that signifies insight and wisdom. He carries a skull cup and the Vajra chopper, a weapon that is half dorje and half blade used to cut through ego and other negativity. He also wears a garland of fresh demon heads, three on the forehead and one on each ear which represents changing the five poisons to the five wisdom.
It is very interesting I must say, I enjoy learning philosophy and increasing my wisdom. Share something new you learned today, something good. Thanks for sharing.