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NATURAL, HISTORIC, AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT. THE SURROUNDINGS OF WHERE WE LIVE
THE LANDSCAPE IS OUR HERITAGE

Uffington Heritage Watch carries out research into, and promotes understanding of heritage: the natural & historic environment that forms the landscape in which we live. The built environment, vernacular or formal, old or recent, urban or rural, is the most visible example of cultural heritage. But heritage includes all the expressions of how we live. Tangible, material things, and the intangible too, such as stories and sounds and spaces that have meaning to us and contribute to our sense of identity and well-being.

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 A Nepalese tanka (hanging scroll) depicting the Bodhisattva Yamāntaka
Mineral pigments on cotton. Painting 50cm x 35cm approx.
Private collection Great Britain
 
Yamāntaka is seen as a wrathful manifestation of Mañjuśrī, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, and in other contexts functions as a Dharmapāla. Though Dharmapālas have a terrifying appearance and countenance, they are all Bodhisattvas or Buddhas, meaning that they are embodiments of compassion that act in a wrathful way for the benefit of sentient beings.
 
Source Wikimedia.
 

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