Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hungry Ghosts

A stomp through a small catholic cemetery in Lake Forest, IL inspires a discussion of Stockholm Syndrome and the Tibetan view on hungry ghosts.


(The picture above is of a "preta" or "hungry ghost")







9 comments:

  1. I've never seen anything like this. That statue is creepy anyway, but the connection to the preta imagery makes it even creepier. Suffering saints were never a comfort to me, and made me feel hopeless.

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  2. I don't think you're alone. I believe many people felt hopeless when looking at that imagery but they felt trapped...Stockholm Syndrome keeps people in hopeless situations, all the while defending them. It is truly horrifying....like being buried alive.

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  3. Thanks Corey for this stomp. The preta statue gave me the creeps and was a wow moment, such an accurate image. After seeing this stomp, I hope people look around, and see the pretas and captors everywhere manipulating and sucking the life out of them - and wake up.

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  4. Loved the Preta stuff - such a powerful image and the fact that there was one sitting in that cemetery made me wonder about that person's life and why it was deemed necessary or appropriate to have the Preta on that spot. Learn something new every day, and there's mine, and it was fascinating.

    As for the Stockholm Syndrome, I was brought up in business to think of it as "delayed gratification". Suffer now and eventually you will get your comeupance because "What thow sow, so shall thou reap" and "the seed of every adversity carries with it the equivalent benefit". I was fortunate - I was forced to look at things differently and it changed my life. Basically, it's life on MY terms now, not waiting for some magical entity to deem me worthy of finally receiving the reward for all of my efforts. Control. Freedom.

    Loved it. Great stomp, Corin.

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  5. I am speechless, great stomp, powerful message.

    Jennifer Bernard

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  6. How very interesting. I'd never really thought about how wide-spread Stockholm Syndrome really was until this stomp.

    I've always watched those sorts of religions with a distant interest (like watching an ant hill. It's fascinating, but you don't want to just step right on in) and now I have a completely different angle to look at it.

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  7. Otter: thank you for the fantastic comment!

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  8. Corin, this is inspiring . Love the theory .

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