Lyssa Palu-ay Untitled #1, Clinton Corners, New York, 2008 Archival Inkjet Print http://www.prcneo.org/index.php?exhibit_id=56#members/56/56_fe_15.jpg
Tibetan religious geography and the corresponding geographical religious activities presume a world that is everywhere pregnant with raw power. Not operating within a strictly dualistic notion of «sacred» and «profane» space, Tibetan places of religious importance are not conceptualized as qualitatively distinct from the space around them. Alex Gardner- A Treasure Revealer Maps his Authority on Khams, Tibet In northen Indian, this raw power is evident in Tibetan prayer flags marking the wind, mani stones and stuppas marking the ground and space sacred. Other religious beliefs also recognize sacred space through different ritual practices. The Sikh faith uses water to cleanse the grounds of the Golden Temple. It is not uncommon to find remnants of animal sacrifice satisfying indigenous beliefs on top of a Buddhist stuppa. It is a profound situation when places are given such reverence through these shrines and daily ritual. The challenge in a place that is so charged is how to make known something that already is manifested everywhere. I continue to explore the ideas I encountered in India here in the United States through my response to the landscape. I have found that all places possess a physical history with a memory, a present and a future. Even though our secular landscape does not have overt daily reminders like in India, the power and the life force is ever present.