Why is Guan Yin not wearing Chanel?


Sculptures of Buddhist Bodhisattva historically reflect the high fashion of their times. Which means, Guan Yin should be wearing Chanel today. But why isnt she?


Initially presented at the "Buddhism & Australia" conference 2015, the paper traces the development of Chinese Buddhism though the material culture of Guan Yin.

We will also introduce the different manifests of Guan Yin with artifacts from a heritage religious sculpture shop.

A must attend for history and heritage lovers and for any traveler who visits monasteries in Singapore and around the world.

In support of Equal Ark

This talk is organised in support of Equal-Ark. After the talk, contribute any amount you wish to support their good work. During the talk, we will show you a Guan yin sculpture to explain why we are supporting this organisation.

The people

EQUAL-ARK is a Singapore charity with IPC status that rehabilitates at-risk youths, persons with special needs, and the elderly with clinical depression and dementia through working with therapy horses. https://www.equal.org.sg/

Speaker Chan CW is a Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute with a Masters in Social Anthropology, from London School of Economics (LSE). He is the inaugural batch of Lee Kong Chian research fellow and author of "Light on the Lotus Hill". He is also a Tedx Singapore speaker in 2015.

Chinatownology is a website researching and documenting the history of overseas Chinese through the study of Chinatowns. www.chinatownology.com

Sat Nov 11, 2017
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM SGT
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