Baring the right shoulder
6500carp at ucsbuxa.ucsb.edu
Wed Oct 2 21:46:58 EDT 1996
On Wed, 2 Oct 1996, Mani Varadarajan wrote:
> Yes, but the shoulder is not the reason one circumambulates
> clockwise. Rather, it is just to keep the holy shrine or deity
> to the right of one's self at all times, as a sign of respect.
> As is well known, the poor left hand is kept out of the way due
> to its use for certain cleansing tasks.
Doesn't circumambulating by the right, that is, clockwise, also mark the
passage of sacred time--something about the story of the Buddha engraved
into a stupa wall, so you follow the history clockwise?
UC, Santa Barbara
"It is madness to wear ladies' straw hats and velvet hats to
church; we should all be wearing crash helmets."
_Teaching a Stone to Talk_
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