How To Decorate Mirrors

how to decorate mirrors
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watercolor Haftsin . . . Happy Norouz
watercolor Haftsin . . . Happy Norouz
#79 interestingness Norouz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian year and It is celebrated on March 21st. The term Norouz first appeared in Persian records in the second century AD, but it was also an important day during the Achaemenid times (c. 648-330 AD), where kings from different nations under Persian empire used to bring gifts to the emperor (Shahanshah) of Persia on Norouz. Tradition dates Noruz as far back as 15,000 years ago -- before the last ice age. The mythical Persian King Jamshid (Yima or Yama of the Indo-Iranian lore) symbolizes the transition of the Indo-Iranians from animal hunting to animal husbandry and a more settled life in human history. Seasons played a vital part then. Everything depended on the four seasons. After a severe winter, the beginning of spring was a great occasion with mother nature rising up in a green robe of colorful flowers and the cattle delivering their young. It was the dawn of abundance. Jamshid is said to be the person who introduced Noruz celebrations. Norouz has been celebrated for at least 3000 years and is deeply rooted in the rituals and traditions of the Zoroastrian religion. Today, the festival of Norouz is celebrated in many countries that were territories of, or influenced by, the Persian Empire. In most countries, the greeting that accompanies the festival is Ayd-e Norouz Mobarak (mubarak: felicitations) in Persian. In Iran, preparations for Norouz begin in Esfand (or Espand), the last month of winter in the Persian solar calendar. Typically, on the first day of Norouz, family members gather around the table, with the Haft Seen on the table or set next to it, and await the exact moment of the arrival of the spring. At that time gifts are exchanged. Later in the day, the first house visits are paid to the most senior family members. Haft Sin (??? ???) or the seven 'S's is a major tradition of Norouz. The haft sin table includes seven items specific starting with the letter S or Sin (?) in Persian alphabet). The items symbolically correspond to seven creations and holy immortals protecting them. Originally called Haft Chin (??? ???), the Haft Sin has evolved over time, but has kept its symbolism. Traditionally, families attempt to set as beautiful a Haft Sin table as they can, as it is not only of traditional and spiritual value, but also noticed by visitors during Norouzi visitations and is a reflection of their good taste. The Haft Sin items are: •sabzeh - wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish - symbolizing rebirth •samanu - a sweet pudding made from wheat germ - symbolizing affluence •senjed - the dried fruit of the oleaster tree - symbolizing love •sir - garlic - symbolizing medicine •sib - apples, - symbolizing beauty and health •somaq - sumac berries - symbolizing (the color of) sunrise •serkeh - vinegar - symbolizing age and patience Other items on the table may include: •traditional Iranian pastries such as baghlava, toot, naan-nokhodchi •dried nuts, berries and raisins (Aajeel) •lit candles (enlightenment and happiness) •a mirror (to see your reflection and recocgnize how much you have grown and developed over the previous year) •decorated eggs, sometimes one for each member of the family (fertility) •a bowl with goldfish (life, and the sign of Pisces which the sun is leaving) •a bowl of water with an orange in it (the earth floating in space) •rose water for its magical cleansing powers •the national colours, for a patriotic touch •a holy book (e.g., the Qur'an, Avesta, Kitab-i-Aqdas, Bible, or Torah) and/or a poetry book (almost always either the Shahnama or the Divan of Hafez)
Obsidian Mirror
Obsidian Mirror
This sheer slab of obsidian has some crazy designs in it. I'm unsure how something like this was done, whether with polishing or some manner of sawing, possibly both. This seems like it would have enough of a sheen to see yourself in. Tezcatlipoca, the Obsidian Mirror, was an ancestral god considered by the Mexica to be one of the creators of the universe. In mythical tales, apart from sharing with Quetzalcoatl the work of the creation of heaven and Earth, he was supposed to be comprised of four parts, defining the spaces of the universal plane: himself as black Tezcatlipoca, in the north; Huitzilopochtli as Blue Tezcatlipoca, in the south; Xipe as red Tezcatlipoca, in the east, and Quetzalcoatl as white Tezcatlipoca in the west. Black was his defining color, which is why he was considered the god of darkness and of all that occurred at night, such as theft, adultery, etc. He was the god of masculinity, the patron of procreation; in his honor each year a young single man, less than 20 years old, was chosen to represent him as a living god. This subject would be dressed and decorated with all the attributes of the deity, and sacrificed in his honor at the festivals of the fifth month, called Toxcatl. The tale is told in pictographic manuscripts and certain reliefs of the mythical birth of Tezcatlipoca, who tore off his left foot. This is why the smoking mirror that identifies him appeared in depictions in the place of his foot or as a decoration on his headdress. The most representative of his insignias was the obsidian mirror, with which he could look into the faces and hearts of people. Thus obsidian is the raw material of his world. This was one of the gods who revealed their bellicose nature, and he was considered the most important of all the patrons of wars; he was the god of warriors, and also the enemy; he who all Mexica warriors feared and yet wanted to meet.

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