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Ataensic

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series): $50

12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series): $150

Original: UNDER CONTRACT

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The Story of Ataensic

In the mythology of the Iroquois and Huron of North America, the Woman Who Fell From the Sky is a primal ancestor. Also known as Sky Woman or Ataensic, she plays a central role in creation.

According to legend, the Woman Who Fell From the Sky lived in a world above the sky. One day she became pregnant and fell out of heaven. Some stories say that she fell while chasing a bear, while others say that the tree of life was uprooted and she tumbled through the hole left behind.

As the woman fell, ducks flew beneath her to slow her descent. She landed in a vast watery place, with no land in sight. Turtle arose from the water and let her rest on his back. Meanwhile, Muskrat dove beneath the water and brought up mud to form the earth. Soon after, the woman gave birth to twin sons—one good and one evil—who created all the natural features of the earth and sky. According to some stories, she gave birth to a daughter, and that woman was the mother of the twins.

“Naida”

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: SOLD

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“Naida” means “water nymph.” I meant this to be a “just after birth” image, subtle and beautiful and intimate.

Buddhist “Precious Human Birth” Story

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Purchase options:

6×6 4-color “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 4-color print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: SOLD

For more information about the types of printing please go here.

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In Buddhism they have a story for their perception of “precious human birth.” Because being born a human being gives you the ability to do so much for your karma (both good and bad) it is seen as a precious opportunity to help your fellow man and possibly even attain enlightenment.

The story goes, imagine there is a turtle adrift at sea that only surfaces every 100 years. Now imagine there is a small ring in this vast sea. It is more likely for the turtle to accidentally poke its head through that ring than to be born a human being. I also incorporated vajras along the outside to signify wisdom and compassion (all important things to learn in this life) and lotus’. The lotus represents your Buddha nature. It rises from the mucky water and blooms pristine, reminding you that no matter what you inner nature, inner good, is always untarnished and that even people you have difficulty with have this good at their core.

Treasure the good work you can do with your life!

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