GREEN TARA/ A History of Tibetan Postage Stamps/ THE STORY OF THE STAMPS OF TANNU TUVA/ Mongolian Postal Issues/ Featuring a cinderella stamp from Shambhala Nor, the mystic city of the Lake of the North
Shambhala Nor Postal Services
by Eric Whollem
edition of 100, plus ten artist's proofs 58 x 88mm.
Copyright by the artist.
THE LEGENDS OF THE MAHASIDDHAS
Tara and the Sage Nagarjuna
Prajnaparamita, the Goddess Wisdom, was preserved for seven hundred years
in the preserves of Makara, the King of Sea Serpents. Tara at last rose from the
sea with the teachings of Prajnaparamita and gave these to Nagarjuna. This was
the beginning of Mahayana Buddhism.
This fantasy stamp from the land of Shambhala Nor depicts the artist's conception
of Green Tara.
In the border of the design is a mermaid, rendered repetitively in a decorative fashion. Four golden fish can be seen near the 2 Rupee denomination. The two golden fishes of enlightenment are one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols found in Northern Buddhism.
BLUE TARA Shambhala Nor Postal Services 2000 by Eric Whollem COPYRIGHT BY THE ARTIST
Tara the Mother of Compassion
Tara is considered by many Buddhists as the Mother of Buddha.
She is the personification of compassion. She ends all human
Other Taras also exist: White Tara, Red Tara, etc. In varying practices
other aspects of Tara have been outlined.
NAGARJUNA RECEIVING THE PRAJNAPARAMITA TEACHINGS FROM TARA RISING FROM THE WATERS Shambhala Nor Postal Services 2000 by Eric Whollem COPYRIGHT BY THE ARTIST
The Oceanic Metaphor in Vajrayana Buddhism
Dalai Lama means literally 'Ocean Lama.' The Heavenworlds are conceived to
be oceanic by many Buddhists.
Thus Tara is related to Astarte and Atargatis and other memaid goddesses of
the world. Kuan Yin in China had a sea cave off the coast. She was originally
the goddess of fishermen. Mary means 'The Sea.' In Genesis she is called 'The
Face of the Deep.'
In the Lankavatara Sutra Tara is described as rising from the sea to give the
Goddess teachings to the sage Nagarjuna.
Tara and the Age of Aquarius
Tara literally means 'Star.'
As we enter the Aquarian Age the starry crown of the Water Bearer will become
The waters of Aquarius are the waters of illumination.
History of Tibetan Postage Stamps
Tibet issued it's own postage stamps in 1912. They were valid for postage
only in Tibet. The last stamps were printed in 1950.
Some of the early stamps were carved from wood blocks and printed using
shiny enamel paint on various types of native paper.They had no perforations,
but had to be cut out of sheets with scissors. A few have been found with
pin hole perforations privately applied.
The stamps of Shambhala Nor, of course, are not real Tibetan postage stamps,
but examples of Buddhist American Folk Art from the 21st Century. Nor are my stamps faux Tuvan or Mongolian stamps. These lands also are included in areas considered by theorists to be the location of Shambhala. Kazakhstan and Kirghistan, both lands of the Altai, have issued stamps, commencing in the early 1990's. These lands, not to mention the desert lands of Sinkiang, are all areas where we can conjecture a traditional site of Shambhala. Shambhala Nor is my own myth within a myth. A Faux Postage Trek Through Central Asia and the legends from the most remote crossroads of the ancient world.
Prototypes for the stamps of Shambhala Nor may be certain sets of cinderella
stamps from Tannu Tuva, which are popular among certain collectors. These
include exotic diamond shaped and triangular stamps. My fourty-fourth cousin,
Leon Numainville, of Little Rock, Arkansas, once gave me a set of these.
A Concise History of the Buddhist
Stamps of the Altai Country of Tannu Tuva
Tannu Tuva issued stamps with Lamaistic designs when they
printed their first postal issue in 1926. They were printed on
a lithographic press, gummed and perforated, on watermarked
In 1933 the first hammer and sickle emblems appeared on
Tuvan stamps, as the country secularized before becoming
an autonomous republic of the Soviet Union.
Their stamps are much less handcrafted than those of Tibet.
Inside Outer Mongolia
A Concise History of Metaphysical Stamp Issues
And the Vagaries of Changing Times
The stamps of Mongolia, another Lamaist Buddhist country,
also depicted Buddhist emblems on their early stamps. Most of
the stamps of Mongolia have been printed in Russia, as Mongolia
has been within the Soviet sphere of influence until recently.
Mongolian stamps have always maintained stylistic elements
that relate to their folk art: ornate scrollwork, etc. Often clouds
and mountains are depicted as they had been for hundreds of
years in Buddhist painting.
In subsequent years Mongolia has issued a large number of
stamps with Northern Lamaist Buddhist art. Even the Dalai
Lama, the Jetsons, and Jerry Garcia are on the government
issued stamps of Mongolia today.
See my posts of stamps from Shambhala Nor on this link:
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NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBAL STAMPS
This link will take you to a philatelic article about Native American stamp issues.
ALBUM OF CYBER ART STAMP COVERS
These covers are paraphilatelic digital fantasies. Click on image above to access this album.
FIGURATIVE CERAMIC SCULPTURE: Hand Built Creations by Eric Whollem
'Seated Figure.' Oxides on white earthenware clay. Click on this image to view my posts on sculpture.
EARTH PIGMENTS GATHERED IN NATURE: earth paints used in painting and ceramic sculpture
'The Brothers' by Eric Whollem. This painting was painted with a stick brush. I used milk glue as a binder. This image is a link to my posts on earth painting.
MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS
'Garden of the Turtle' by Eric Whollem. This image is a link to my posts on figurative abstraction.
CONCOW MAIDU LORE: Faux postage stamps from Maidem Kodom
Spirit of the Deer Man: 'Nem Sumi' or 'Big Deer' by Eric Whollem. An earth painting showing a shamanic mythographic image. This icon is a link to my gallery of Concow Maidu cyberstamps.
GEOMETRIC ABSTRACTIONS: nonrepresentational visions from the twentieth century
'Box Blocks' by Eric Whollem, 1981. Gouache and found earth pigments on paper. Image links to my gallery of abstract art.
MYTHOGRAPHIC SCULPTURE: A post on Myth as it is used by sculptors and artists
'Bean Sidhe' a Goddess figurine by Eric Whollem. This image is a link to the article above.
CONCOW MAIDU FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS: cyberstamp editions from Maidem Kodom
'Ooti, the Acorn' by Eric Whollem; Concow Maidu Language and Culture. This image is a link to my Maidu artist stamp gallery.
ALBUM OF CERAMIC SCULPTURES
This album shows the range of sculptural art that I have created over the years. Click on photo to access the album.
'Stratosphere' by Eric Whollem
THE KING OF THE WOOD: an earth painting celebrating the legendary King of Nemi
This painting from 1974 was painted in natural earth pigments, charcoal, and ash paint on panel. The subject of the painting is the guardian of the Golden Bough. This image is a link to my post on this painting.
'The Divine Expression' by Eric Whollem. This image is a link to my posts on Expressionism.
VILA/ A figurative ceramic sculpture rooted in images of Bird Woman from ancient Eastern Europe
'Vila' by Eric Whollem, a ceramic interpretation of mermaid lore from the Adriatic Sea. This icon links to my post.
CYBER ART MAIL/ Eric Whollem
This link takes you to my new blog for my fantasy stamp covers and postcards. Virtual cancellations. Fantasy postal markings. Unusual mail courier systems.
ARTISTAMPS for the New World: Visionary Metaphysical Art
A faux postage stamp from the United Aethernet Nations, a micronational organization dedicated to world peace. This stamp will take you to my 'Aethernet Stamps.'