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are the links to images about the Resurrection of Christ:
+ I am the resurrection and the Life,
Huang Jin-cheng, China
+ The Exalted Jesus, by Yom Jae Won,
+ On the Road to Emmaus, by He Qi, China
+ The Song of Resurrection, by He Qi,
Risen Lord, by He Qi, China
Garibay: "It's the post crucifixion
event and the word has got around that Jesus is no longer in the tomb.
So the scene starts with two of his disciples walking to a place called
Emmaus and along the way they meet a stranger and they have some kind
of lengthy conversation with him until they reach the place. They
invite the stranger to stay with them for the night but the stranger
needs to move on. It was only when they were about to eat at the table
that they realized that the stranger whom they were walking with was
Jesus, which is very strange because if you know somebody very well
it is almost impossible to have such a long discussion with him for
seven miles and not recognize him. Now the thing I wanted to raise
is that most so-called Christians always have a limited concept of
the Christ image. They always think in terms of that person in Palestine
who lived two thousand years ago. So the concept of Christ [derives
from] a very obscure historical event in many cases made up by his
disciples. The point is it is very difficult for most people to contextualize
their faith because the colonial packaging of the Christian faith
has been deeply embedded in their consciousness and it's so hard to
get away from that. So the figure at the center is a woman -she could
be mistaken for a man because she has short hair- she is drinking
with them and kind of telling a Joke and everybody is laughing around
her. But the point is that the joke is that people are laughing because
they thought all along that Jesus was a man, and that Jesus is a Caucasian
looking guy, you know... all these conventional concepts about Jesus.
I have a different image of Jesus which is that of a woman, a very
ordinary looking Filipino woman, who drinks with them and has stories
to tell. The idea of laughing is very common among Filipinos-to laugh
at their mistakes. It's all part of understanding the culture and
it's also part of contextualizing the concept of faith within the
I've been trying to come up with an acceptable
marriage of some of my beliefs. It is not a traditional or a conventional
kind of belief system-an ideology that I have sort of accepted as
part of my involvement in mass struggles. The point is that I sort
of realized that there is an angle in Christianity not to turn off
a kind of spirituality that is always going around. It is actually
very anti-Church. I only start to realize now that if you analyze
the story of Jesus he was very much against conventional religiosity.
That is why even in conventional representation, in stories-if you
try to read the Bible again-you will notice that most of the so-called
ministry of Christ took place outside of the Church-he was always
involved in peoples' lives. The real liturgy takes place outside
the Church. It is in society where liturgy really takes place. Christ
was crucified outside. The only time he was in the Church was to
knock it down. He was always waging war with Church officials. That's
just one part of it. Another important part is the humanism in his
teachings. They put a lot of faith in humanity-humanity's capacity
to become divine by transcending their obsession for a conventional
concept of power, power in terms of military power, a means to control
and to dominate. It's actually very simple." (Words and
pictures of Emmanuel Garibay are taken from the book 'Kristology
and Radical Communion Works of Emmanuel Garibay' byJonathan L. Beller,
Sipat Publications - Philippines)
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Emmanuel Garibay, Philippines, 1997
for one person, everyone is around the table drinking and laughing.
I don't know if you are familiar with the last chapter of Luke..
time we present the art works of:
He Qi (China), Ueno Yasuo (Japan), Emmanuel Garibay (Philippines), Solomon
Raj (India), Shin Young-Hun (Korea), Bagong Kussudiardja (Indonesia),
Sawai Chinnawong (Thailand), Soichi Watanabe (Japan), Huang Jin-cheng
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The Song Bird
by Solomon Raj, India
Spirit, Sometimes I feel like a song bird.
I fly to the highest tree and I sing and sing and sing.
And people say: if only that bird would stop his noise.
And young people put on their walkman
and listen to the sound of the drum.
And sometimes it seems to me that I sing for nothing.
I a song bird?
Why am I not a flamingo, or an eagle or a mighty roaring lion,
only a song bird? I did not make myself.
And you. Holy Spirit, you did not ask me
whether I wanted to be a song bird.
My parents did not ask me either
whether I wanted to be their child
or whether I wanted to exist at all.
That's why I am what I am,
an ugly bird, who can only sing.
you tell me: What would the world be without your song?
You tell me:
You are more important than all the walkman of the world.
Sing, song bird, you make the world a better place.
Yes, Holy Spirit, I want to sing
for those who listen and for those who don't listen.
Holy Spirit, could you not tell those people
to put their walkman aside and listen to my song.
That would be nice.
J. Hollenweger - Prayers
click the thumbnails, to see the art works of: Shin Young-Hun (Korea),
Bagong Kussudiardja (Indonesia), Sawai Chinnawong (Thailand), Soichi Watanabe
check pages about:
FLIGHT TO EGYPT
AT THE WELL
SUFFERING - Social Reality
THE CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST
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