This month's full moon altar honours Thousand Hand Kwan Yin, the Buddhist bodhisattva who empathizes with the world's suffering. She stands on an altar cloth representing her Heart of Compassion, accompanied by lotus candle holders and connective golden beads.
This symbolic version of Kwan Yin has "a thousand hands" with which to extend aid and comfort to those who need it. Her thousand hands are usually arrayed like a fan emerging from her heart chakra, as depicted in this lovely porcelain statue which I found in an Asian import store in Edmonton several years ago.
Here's an amazing video of the China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe doing a gorgeous precision dance routine honouring Thousand Hand Kwan Yin. Because all the dancers are deaf, there are several white-robed directors on stage helping the female and male dancers synchronize with the music. Their dance is positively kaleidoscopic in its complexity and beauty!
[Photos © Debra She Who Seeks, August 2022]