49. Elimination of the Past
The final bolt from Rama's bow has been drawn and Ravana lies dying on the streets of his bejewelled City at the heart of his former Kingdom of AYODHYA.
The Flames of Reka are consuming his Golden Palace, destroying everything including his Asoke Grove.
A lone BHARATA is searching through the rubble of the recent conflict between the Vanara and Raksasa for his half brothers, RAMA and LKSMAN.
At the end of an epic journey, which has covered the length and breadth of the kingdom, a reunion is long overdue and the search for SITA is almost complete.
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LIVING WITH THE GODS
Unlike in the developed western world,where people in their increasingly busy lives do not seem to have time for religious observance, perhaps sending the Sabbath shopping online, on social media or catching up with the latest binge worthy series on Netflix, here in South East Asia religion and those divine spirits of the faith are very much still a part of people’s lives. There seems plenty of time for various religious festivals and attending the local temple.
I remember times in metropolitan Bangkok on the elevated skytrain as it passed the famous Golden statue to the Hindu God Brahma by the Erwan Hotel watching Thai's clasping the latest smart phone turning towards the shrine and wai-ing in respect. Westerners may be surprised by this action as increasingly our places of worship take a smaller and smaller role in our multi-cultural and diverse society, but in the latest series from the BBC, the former Director of the British Museum, Neil McGregor, looks at objects which remind us of our attachment to religion and the role they still play to a great degree in many parts of the world. I was particular amused to listen to his argument that our attachment to our phones is nothing new and is an extension of our attachment to talismans used to ward off evil or bring us good luck.
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And to those that think I just listen to podcast from the BBC, I'll mention another interesting episode from 99 Percent Invisible from Radiotopia and Roman Mars. In the Hero Props: Graphic Design in Film & Television, Mars talks to Annie Atkins, a Irish graphic designer, about her work on films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel and Bridge of Spies - very enlightening; if you don't already subscribe you can listen to it here.
As ever there’s plenty of exciting artwork featuring all the characters from the pages of Ramayana: The Thread of Luminance on my blog and at /posters and in the coming weeks to the end of 2017 there will be A LOT of new and exciting posts.
The Final issue of Ramayana: The Thread of Luminance - can you believe it ? In the very last issue Sita presents a plan to Sugriva and the Vanara to bring peace and an equitable society to all the different peoples: Falan, Raksasa and Vanara in Deciphering the Instructions.