my blessed good fortune

mb_020513japanese pagoda

Above is a drawing I did in a combination of watercolor, gouache and crayon at the Japanese pavilion in Epcot. I was experimenting on a hunt for the best color and graphic solution to describe the environment. Couldn’t think of a better element to draw than a Pagoda in my search for the answer. – Michele

Pagoda _The word is first attested for in English in the period c. 1625–35; introduced from the Portuguese pakade, temple, from the Persian butkada(but idol + kada temple, dwelling.) Another etymology, found in many English language dictionaries, is modern English pagoda from Portuguese (via Dravidian), from Sanskrit bhagavati, feminine of bhagavatt “blessed” < bhag “good fortune.”

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