That's right, chinese ^_____^
more about the stamp you see:
Decided to add that comment to main author's comment, thanks
I'll be consistent. I've wrote "it's chinese" just to underline what seems obvious.
1. As you know Taoism, almost all indian and slavic traditions has one vedic root. I am representative of one of that branches, started from the Big tree on slavic lands near 4000 years ago. So that's why I cannot say it has any real attitude to any of chinese dynasties ^____^
2. A metaphor of shield always gives us a duality- "with the shield or on the shield" (I'm not sure there's such a proverb in English, I translated it literally from Russian, but in Latin it's the same "Aut cum scuto, aut in scuto"). So I'm breaking that duality, saying that even if you are on the shield- you are not necessarily dead or lost- so we need to stop thinking, using authority of a "Great person" or a proverb. Because the world is much more interesting and complicated than even the most wise of all the proverbs.
3. To understand what does the glyphs mean we need to look at the monument and the pedestal together. Here we have another duality: to go deosil (with the Sun) or widdershins (against the Sun):ace0fredspades.deviantart.com/…ace0fredspades.deviantart.com/…
these two symbols are giving us a vector and dragon tells us about unlimited intention of both of this ways (no one can catch a dragon). So as the warrior is going with the Way of Branch - he is in the middle and this dragons cannot bite them or do any harm. He is alive and they are just statues, made by living human.
it's both sunset and sunrise- the two most mystical and exciting times during the day. That's where the hero looking and that's why his eyes are bright (looking at us as well). And as every real warrior he's happy and appeased.
I hope that all makes sense ^_____^
Путь Ветви Аса. Не сотвори из себя чёрт-те что ^_____^.
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