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The Shocker- Alternative Meanings?

Brett AshleyBrett Ashley Registered User regular
edited December 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
Yesterday, my roommate and I bought incense and an incense burner. The burner is gold plated with a Buddha at the end. When we got it home, my roommate informed me that our Buddha was giving the shocker. Does the shocker hand gesture represent something else?

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  • FirstComradeStalinFirstComradeStalin Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Many Hindu/Buddhist depictions of deities involve some variation of that hand gesture. (Sometimes "the shocker" or sometimes just the thumb, index, and middle are extended)

    It's the hand sign for giving a blessing.

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  • ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Could be argued you're giving a blessing in both cases. =)

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I know the horns have a different meaning, but I've never seen anyone throw the Shocker as anything but.

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  • ErandusErandus Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
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    Googling "shocker" for any purpose at all while at work is nervous business.

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  • ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Hah. Lulz @ the Show Stopper.

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  • Toxin01Toxin01 Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Uh.. I feel silly for saying this but:

    "Two pin the pink, one in the stink."

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Erandus wrote: »
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    Googling "shocker" for any purpose at all while at work is nervous business.

    I was looking for that one. Your Work-Google-Fu is stronger.

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Toxin01 wrote: »
    Uh.. I feel silly for saying this but:

    "Two pin the pink, one in the stink."

    No, that's the defined meaning of Shocker. He's looking for any alternate meanings. :P

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  • KingthlayerKingthlayer Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    One of my friends who does research on Chicago gangs says that it's a gang symbol. Not sure for which gang. I doubt that The Illustrious Buddha would be throwing up gang signs, though.

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  • OctoparrotOctoparrot Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Many Hindu/Buddhist depictions of deities involve some variation of that hand gesture. (Sometimes "the shocker" or sometimes just the thumb, index, and middle are extended)

    It's the hand sign for giving a blessing.

    It's just a Mudra. I don't know what that particular one is, but say, pressing index with thumb is supposed to facilitate calm thought, pressing middle finger with thumb facilitates breathing, pressing BOTH middle and ring finger with thumb wards off evil spirits, I just don't know what pressing only the ring finger with thumb means.

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  • ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Octoparrot wrote: »
    Many Hindu/Buddhist depictions of deities involve some variation of that hand gesture. (Sometimes "the shocker" or sometimes just the thumb, index, and middle are extended)

    It's the hand sign for giving a blessing.

    It's just a Mudra. I don't know what that particular one is, but say, pressing index with thumb is supposed to facilitate calm thought, pressing middle finger with thumb facilitates breathing, pressing BOTH middle and ring finger with thumb wards off evil spirits, I just don't know what pressing only the ring finger with thumb means.

    I don't recall what it means, specifically, but it's often used in meditation. Right hand crooked up with left hand under it, horizontally, in front of the navel -- both making that gesture.

    Been a while since I was into meditating. =)

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  • Vrtra TheoryVrtra Theory Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    It is a Mudra. That particular one is called the Surya Mudra.
    Sequence:

    1. Touch the third (ring) finger to the pad of thumb.
    2. Press the thumb gently over this third (ring) finger.
    3. Keep the other fingers aloof.


    Benefits:

    * This mudra decreases Earth element in body.
    * It cures mental heaviness.
    * It also reduces body fat.
    * The mudra is good for weight loss.

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    It is a Mudra. That particular one is called the Surya Mudra.
    Sequence:

    1. Touch the third (ring) finger to the pad of thumb.
    2. Press the thumb gently over this third (ring) finger.
    3. Keep the other fingers aloof.


    Benefits:

    * This mudra decreases Earth element in body.
    * It cures mental heaviness.
    * It also reduces body fat.
    * The mudra is good for weight loss.

    I'm totally going to start selling The Shocker based on these alleged benefits.

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  • ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I don't understand how plugging the butt would be good for weight loss. =)

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Running after you to beat you after being a surprised receipient? :P

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  • ascannerlightlyascannerlightly Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    One of my friends who does research on Chicago gangs says that it's a gang symbol. Not sure for which gang. I doubt that The Illustrious Buddha would be throwing up gang signs, though.
    everyone knows buddha reps triad

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  • BrotherVoodooBrotherVoodoo Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Does that make Jesus a crip?

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Does that make Jesus a crip?

    He's in a splinter gang called crip cross.

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  • KundaliniAgniKundaliniAgni Registered User new member
    edited December 2009
    "the shocker" is also known as the Prithvi mudra (Earth hand gesture).
    Try it by sitting meditatively, eyes shut. Touch tip of ring finger to thumb tip. Do for each hand. Hold for minimum five minutes.

    Benefits: Helps control excessive body heat, dryness of hair, skin and eyes. Relieves other drying or inflammatory conditions like arthritis, brittle nails, ulcers, hyperthyroidism.

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  • Hamster_styleHamster_style Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    The shocker is also used as the hand gesture for the University of Houston Cougars:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Houston#The_Cougar_Paw

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  • ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    The shocker is also used as the hand gesture for the University of Houston Cougars:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Houston#The_Cougar_Paw

    Gives a whole new meaning to "Cougar Paw"

    :winky:

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