Snowman, Buddha, or Fractal
Yesterday I posted a question on HubPages asking what this picture reminded people of.
There were various answers, ranging from food, to jewellery, to a drawing of a lady with a very large backside, and even possible association with the "evil eye".
This object sits on my desk at work and it's also been referred to as a "snowman".
Read on and I will reveal what it actually is....
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A Talking Piece
The object itself is actually known as a "talking piece" and is used in Native American healing circles. Participants in the circle pass around the talking piece, and whoever is holding the piece may speak for as long as they want (or they may pass the piece to the next person without saying a word).
Healing circles give everyone in the group the chance to express their feelings, if they choose, and they know that they are being listened to.
More recently this approach has been used as a tool in restorative justice It is very effective in conflict situations for everyone to express how they feel about the situation from their own point of view. In this way victims of crime can express to the perpetrators what the effects of their actions have been, and the perpetrators (who may themselves be victims of some other circumstance) can express what motivated them. By considering all sides and with the help of facilitators involved the circle agreement can be made as to how the situation can be resolved.
There are no real restrictions on what a talking piece can be, but they are usually easy to hold in the hand and interesting enough to induce a contemplative feeling.
The piece in the picture above is a painted rock, which has been varnished, and it fits neatly into the palm of he hand. On one side is the design and on the other is the word "ORDER".
The Fractal Design
Not everyone will recognise the design but those who do may find it deeply significant.
A fractal is a geometric shape that is derived from a mathematical equation and shows repeating detail the more that it is magnified. There are many different shapes that can be derived.
The Mandelbrot set is sometimes called the Buddhabrot when shown with a particular rendering technique- see link below- because of the resemblance to the classic shape of the Buddha. This rendering also appears to show the "brow chakra" or "third eye" which is also thought to be representative of the pineal gland of the brain.
- Buddhabrot fractal method
An alternative method of displaying the Mandelbrot set yields a lifelike image of a seated buddha.
Awesome Animation of a Mandelbrot Set
Fractals in Nature are Everywhere
Fractal geometry can be found everywhere in nature and has become a popular area of study in recent years.
A classic example is the shape of a fern, which expresses a pattern that repeats itself at smaller and smaller scale.
Once you start to look it's possible to notice these patterns in everything.
It has even been shown that patterns in the stock market are of a fractal nature.
More on Fractals
Other interestng fractal links
The Fractal Foundation uses the beauty of fractals to inspire interest in Science, Math and Art.
- 17 Captivating Fractals Found in Nature | WebEcoist
Fractals are a wonder - too irregular for geometry; seemingly infinite. They turn up in food, germs, plants, mountains and more. Here are 18 stunning fractals.
- How Fractals Can Explain What\'s Wrong with Wall Street: Scientific American
The geometry that describes the shape of coastlines and the patterns of galaxies also elucidates how stock prices soar and plummet
- Fractal Science Kit - Fractal Generator
Windows fractal generator.
- Fractal posters - online fractal generator.
Buy fractal posters and prints and use our online fractal generator to discover fractal images and add them to the fractal gallery.