Stamp Collector

Buddhist stamps

Richard Scott Morel, Curator, British Library’s Philatelic Collections, examines the many stamps issued around the world to celebrate Buddhism

With over 500 million practising Buddhists, Buddhism is the fourth largest faith in the world. Consequently, numerous countries produce stamps with Buddhist themes and imagery. Stamps may now largely be viewed as a superseded technology, and are certainly less commonly encountered than in the past, but they remain an intrinsic part of our global visual and material culture. This raises the question of whether such stamps depicting Buddhist themes have any inherent didactic religious purpose, or whether they are merely pieces of visual ephemera? The selection of late 20th century Sri Lankan stamps issued for Vesak, celebrating the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death, may provide some tentative answers.

Since Buddhists start their path to enlightenment seeking refuge in the Tiratana or three jewels, this

Stai leggendo un'anteprima, registrati per continuare a leggere.

Altro da Stamp Collector

Stamp Collector3 min letti
A Poet in a War Zone
Gibraltar’s status as a British Overseas Territory is often bemoaned by the Spanish government. Less well known is the fact that if you cross the Strait of Gibraltar from ‘the rock’ to Africa, you can find yourself in a bit of Morocco that is actuall
Stamp Collector2 min letti
How Did The Lockdown Affect Your Own Collecting?
I cannot comment on how the pandemic impacted the philatelic business community but as a collector it has been fantastic. With freedom of movement curtailed, money previously reserved for social activities like the theatre, cinema or restaurants has
Stamp Collector2 min letti
We’re In This Together How Philately Met The Challenges Of 2020
In the coming weeks broadcasters will no doubt present their reviews of the year, as we look back on what has been a truly horrible twelve months. The retrospectives will be littered with tales of feuding US politicians, the Black Lives Matter moveme