Hindus believe that a sculpture or depiction of a god is not abstract, rather the sculpture or picture is actually the deity depicted which has been manifested. This means that to view a depiction of a Hindu god as an artifact or a piece of artwork is to imprison that god in an enclosed structure like a prison. This is why Hindus feel the need to touch and provide offerings to depictions of god’s, as they believe that the depiction is just as real as a human being of whom they are face to face w...
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