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05-12-2012, 08:28 AM (This post was last modified: 05-12-2012 08:46 AM by Erikjust.)
Video A question about a certain finger position often used in anime and religious painting
I often see it in anime and some christian paintings. When ever a character is about to either pray or use an invocation of some sort they raise their index and middle finger (and some times their thump too) while keeping the others clenched.

Is there a particular reason as to why they are doing such a thing? Has it some sort of special cultural or religious meaning if so what is it?

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05-12-2012, 04:46 PM
RE: A question about a certain finger position often used in anime and religious
These are separate hand positions. But they are a form of iconography - hand positions that resemble certain letters or symbols that stand for words or titles. The anime one is religious also I believe, stemming from Buddhism. I think a good deal of them are just made up, but it's calling back to the that origin.

Different hand positions to name or symbolize various spirits, or titles, etc.
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07-12-2012, 05:41 AM
RE: A question about a certain finger position often used in anime and religious pain
Perhaps a variant of Karana Mudrā[1] in Buddhist circles or a sign of the cross in Christian circles[2].

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudra#Karana_Mudr.C4.81
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sign_of_the_Cross

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07-12-2012, 06:30 AM (This post was last modified: 07-12-2012 07:42 AM by Janus.)
RE: question about certain finger position often used in anime and religious painting
(05-12-2012 08:28 AM)Erikjust Wrote:  I often see it in anime and some christian paintings. When ever a character is about to either pray or use an invocation of some sort they raise their index and middle finger (and some times their thump too) while keeping the others clenched.

Is there a particular reason as to why they are doing such a thing? Has it some sort of special cultural or religious meaning if so what is it?

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It's not just in art. And it's not past history either. It is – in Xtianity – an anointing/blessing gesture. Every RC cleric who blesses the flock uses it. Starting with the Holy Twat's annual Urbi et Orbi, the blessing of the city (of Rome; i.o.w. pretty egocentric), and of the world (almost as an afterthought). It's a fixed part of the ritual of anointing/blessing. In seminaries wannabe priests get trained to apply it properly.

It is the Xtian priesthood's equivalent of a voodoo priest's sticking needles in effigies, or of a hypnotist's pendulum. It's part of the show. Of its song & dance. Of its smoke & mirrors.
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07-12-2012, 07:45 AM
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