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Best Practice Makes Perfect

A collaboration with Domino developers about how to do it and how to get it right in Domino

Following up on my last entry. If you went to the Kodak website to see my photo, you should know the story behind it. Here's the writeup which accompanied another version of this picture.

Bekirebeka, Many-Armed  Goddess of the Garden

A personification of the forces of creation and destruction inherent in any gardening or landscaping activity, Bekirebeka is depicted here in a typical and traditional pose.

Often, as here, she is shown standing amid ___, feet planted solidly on the earth that she dominates, with some piece or other of garden sculpture in the background (in this case, the Orb of Refulgence, first found in images dating from Classical times). Also in the background is the Chain-Link Fence of Separation (a Neo-Classical addition).

The Sacred Implements clutched in the deity’s hands include (from top left, going clockwise):

  • The Sharp Clippers; an implement of control. The earliest known mention of the Clippers in this role is in the traditional tale of The Too Low River Birch. Earlier stories mention the Clippers as a means of chopping up small fallen branches, but it’s unclear whether this is also intended as a manifestation of control, or whether it pertains to the Creation of Mulch, an important concern in the early Bekirebekan church. Contemporary tales give more emphasis to the Obtaining of Free Mulch rather than creation, but Mulch in general is a persistent theme throughout the history of this faith, and there is no other Implement that has a bearing on it.
  • The Plant Started From Seed, a symbol of creation and growth. The Plant is prominent in the origin fable, The Great Plant Swap.
  • The Sprayer of Bug Death, a manifestation of the deity’s destructive aspects. This aspect is featured in the admonitory tale Die You Damn Box Elder Bugs Die Ha Ha Ha.
  • The Plastic Pail of Watering, symbolic of nurturing, doesn’t appear specifically  in any tales; however, its name and function are traditionally known. Many stories describe her watering things without telling how, and some contemporary depictions show her holding a Hose and Wand of Watering rather than the pail.
  • The Sturdy Trowelis interpreted by different scholars either as evoking new beginnings, or as a further manifestation of destruction (as in the uprooting of uninvited plants). Sharpe (1949) writes that this tool is probably intentionally ambiguous, pointing out its differing roles in the tales of The Joe-Pye That Wasn’t, and the traditional Moving the Verbena (reported by Hoskins, 1932).
  • The Fork of Stirring Things Up, generally thought to indicate chaos and serendipity, perhaps as a counterpoint to the control aspect of the Clippers.

Andre Guirard | 19 May 2008 03:11:31 PM ET | Home, Plymouth, MN, USA | Comments (0)


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