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Religious Arts of Asia

December 5, 2008 - December 5, 2008

Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent, with millions of different peoples.  They follow a wide variety of different religions. Asia was the birthplace of most of the world’s mainstream religions including: Shamanism, Shintoism, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, as well as many other beliefs.

Historical backgrounds and development of the religious art will be surveyed briefly in the exhibition to provide context for the exhibition’s central focus, which compares the art and basic beliefs of the various religions. The exhibition features sacred objects and art from most of the religions.  However, due to the nature of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria?s Asian art collection, most of the artefacts on display will be Buddhist as this is one of the strengths of the collection.

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