Friday, May 11, 2007

mental math

Our achievements of today are but the sum total of our thoughts of yesterday. You are today where the thoughts of yesterday have brought you and you will be tomorrow where the thoughts of today take you.
-Blaise Pascal, French mathematician & philosopher, 1623-1662

picture: Thinker on a Rock, 1997 (barry flanagan, wales) national sculpture garden, washington, dc

after seeing jenclair's sweet pictures of the rabbit in her back yard, I guess I have bunnies on the brain! well, maybe not rabbits, but gardening is on my mind this morning! peter rabbit and mr. mcgregor aside, the association of rabbits with gardening is a culturally widespread phenomena. this tidbit was brought home again after our recent trip to the national museum of the american indian which showcased several examples of the importance of the rabbit in native cultures. throughout the americas the rabbit symbolizes fertility, crop cultivation, and the moon.

the picture to the right is of a rabbit mask. this mask was worn during the rabbit dance preformed in native communities in what is now mexico. according to the accompanying plaque, the people no longer perform the rabbit dance in this region, but rabbit masks are still popular and continue to be made for commercial purposes.


jenclair said...

I love both the Thinking Rabbit and the rabbit mask! No surprise that the rabbit symbolizes fertility, but I didn't realize it was also symbolic for crop cultivation and the moon. Interesting. I'm always interested in symbols.

Suma said...

Hi, the blog is very nice and the quotation you gave is very apt..our achievements of today are the sum total of our thoughts yesterday..

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