The Cultural History of the Candlestick (Part 2)

Feb. 23, 2020


Meeting of buddhism and candlestick

I started to pay attention to the tealight holder because I collected a strange “four-hole plug”. When I saw this thing, in fact, my first impression was that the celadon four-stick candlestick should be something from the Tang and Five Dynasties, but I couldn't reach a conclusion for the time being. Later, after consulting the data, I learned that the academic community has not dared to determine what this thing is so far, and it can only be temporarily named the so-called "multi-pipe inserter".

The above picture was bought by me without hesitation when I saw it at a farmer's house in Wuyi Mountain while walking. After consulting the information, this kind of blue glaze, clay tire, and four-tube shape is a typical product of the Southern Dynasty, hundreds of years earlier than the Tang and Five Dynasties I predicted.

The Fujian Sanming Museum has exactly the same thing, and the museum is marked with a "four-tube inserter".

From candlesticks to multiple inserts, these candlesticks have become the so-called "multi-tubular inserters" that the cultural relics and academia are unsure of today.

Tealight Holder

Tealight Holder

Many times, I am deeply disappointed with archaeological and cultural relic experts in mainland China, because these people stay in the corner of the Forbidden City or various museums all day and stare at the limited collection of cultural relics for research. How wonderful the world is, and I have never dared to have the slightest imagination of history and culture, let alone integrate archeology with the history of humanities, history of science and technology, religion, and culture to study issues organically, and dare to draw conclusions.

We know that the Northern and Southern Dynasties was one of the most popular periods of Chinese Buddhism, and it was the first peak period after Buddhism was introduced into China. The famous monk Kumārajīva (344-413) arrived in China during this period to spread the Dharma. Bodhidharma (? -536) also arrived in China during this period to spread the Dharma.

The key point of Buddhism in Buddhism is that the light represents the eradication of darkness, towards light and wisdom. Dharma's "Breakthrough Theory" discusses the Buddhist Changming Lantern. He believes that the Changming Lantern represents the positive mind, with awareness, wisdom and wisdom, like a lamp.

Today we can see the bright candles in the temple. Of course, there are far more than two to five cuts, but rows of candles. But we can imagine that during the introduction of Buddhism into the North and South Dynasties of China, despite frequent wars, the candlesticks and candlelights in the temple could still develop from one to five. I am afraid it is people in the war who worship Buddha, worship Buddha, and desire light and wisdom. the result of.

During the Northern and Southern Dynasties, the Wuhu disorder was the most chaotic period in Chinese history. It was also the most popular period of Buddhism. It was also the first period of rapid development of porcelain making technology.

In the stormy society, cultural fusion, and civilized development, we can completely see the back of an era from a small custom metal candle holder. It was an era from bronze civilization to porcelain civilization, and also from Confucianism to Dharma.

We should be grateful for the things that remain, because they have opened a window for us to read history.