Santa Shrine greeting cards
$1 each; buy 10 get one free; buy 20 get 3
free; buy 30 get 5 free
$1 shipping/handling for any number of cards (within the USA)
Contact me for international shipping rates.
Cards--front and back
The front of the card features a picture of
my sculpture Santa
Shrine; the center is blank; the back includes the text from
the pedestal of the sculpture. Santa
Shrine is one of a series
of sculptures reflecting contemporary American culture through
objects that appear to be from foreign or primitive
cultures. The sculptures are presented like an exhibit in
a natural history museum, complete with text describing the
Text on the back of the card:
This statue depicts a minor deity the
Americans call Santa. Similar devotional objects are found in
homes and public places near the time of the winter solstice.
Adults do not worship Santa; but they teach their children to
worship him through outlandish stories and dramatic
impersonations. The stories and songs describe Santa's ability
to monitor the actions of all children at all times to determine
if they are good or evil. A few nights after the solstice Santa
purportedly gets into in a conveyance pulled by a team of flying
horned animals and flies to every dwelling in the world. Small
offerings are left for him. He is said to leave gifts for all of
the good children and worthless objects for the evil children.
The fact that adults do not worship Santa, but they place so
much emphasis on these rituals suggests that Santa may serve as
a rudimentary means of religious indoctrination. The reward of
material goods for their belief may encourage children in a way
of thinking which prepares them to understand the stories that
surround the adult gods.
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