24 October 2011

Thimble 91 - Pax Cultura

This thimble is a Peace Symbol I'd never seen before. It's the Pax Cultura banner, created by Nicholas Roerich - Archeologist, Artist and Spiritual Teacher.

Nicholas Roerich (1874 - 1947) was a Russian who co-founded the Agni Yoga Society with his wife Helena. But he's here on my Thimbles list for creating this lovely Peace banner.

Roerich's dream was this:

Where all the treasures of mankind must be saved, there one should find such a symbol that can open the inmost recesses of all hearts.

It is our duty to create for the young generation traditions of Culture; where there is Culture, there is Peace; there is achievement; there is the right solution for the difficult social problems. Culture is the accumulation of highest Bliss, highest Beauty, highest Knowledge.

From here.
Roerich created a Pact that became the first international act devoted to protecting Arts and cultural values. It was originally signed, at the White House in 1935, by President F. Roosevelt. and 21 Latin American and South American countries.
Wikipedia states that:

In 1954, Roerich’s Pact was laid in the basis for the Hague “International Convention for Protection of Cultural Values in the Event of Armed Conflict”, and suggested by N. Roerich special flag, the Banner of Peace, declaring all treasures of culture and art inviolable objects, until today streams above many cultural and educational institutions all over the world.

You can find out loads more about this truly fascinating man at the Nicholas Roerich Museum website.

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoy your blogs , they are so educational :>) I have learned a lot from reading on my Peace blogging friends pages! I will be sharing this one with my artist friends and peace loving friends too. Thanks Terica
    ps love the patchwork background too !


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