Welcome to Many Faces, Many Paths: Art of Asia. This exhibition of sacred objects from the Buddhist and Hindu cultures of Asia is located at the Glenbow Museum, Library and Archives. Sculpture in stone, wood, metals, reliefs, masks and paintings from the first centuries C.E. to the 18th century are on semi-permanent loan from the Bumper Development Corporation Ltd. Enjoy the exhibit at your leisure. Enjoy the art. Enjoy the peace. Come back often and stay awhile.

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The term Hinduism was invented by Europeans to describe a combination of religious beliefs, philosophical principles, and social practices. From ancient and diverse sources, Hinduism evolved into a religion which includes many forms of the divine.


The birth of Siddhartha Gautama, prince of the Sakya clan in 6th century B.C.E. Nepal, marks the emergence of a figure whose wisdom is considered timeless. His insights into the human condition are believed to transcend birth and death. Sculptures of the Buddha represent particular moments during his search for enlightenment and the revelation of his insights to his followers.


In Hindu and Buddhist art, images of the Goddess express ideas about the origins of the world and the relationship between the sacred and profane. She may appear as beautiful, or as ugly, and in this power of transformation her cosmic power is affirmed.

Worship and Ritual

Before grasping chisel or paintbrush, the artist meditates. Gradually, an image is formed in his or her mind, which inspires and guides the creation of a work of art. Through a special ritual, a Deity is invited to dwell within the work, thus becoming accessible to the devotee.

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