Origami: when is folded the paper, the mind is awake

Inspired, fold a corner of the paper, espiro and appears the leg of a small frog... When the paper is folded, the mind is awake. Origami is a simple art that requires only a piece of paper and two hands, turning the entire brain. By Koncha pines-Pey for space MIMIND.


Origami is a word Japanese composed of two kanjis: Ori, that means folding paper and Kami, role. Together they make"Origami”. It is a form of transmitted very ancient art from father to children through centuries. Birds, animals, fish, geometric patterns, dolls, toys, masks, houses... From a small child to one older person, everyone can learn how to make any figure in one sitting.


We know that the role of pulp is originated in China in the year 102 to. C. The paper was made available to the masses and his secret remained in China for hundreds of years, and finally came out way to Korea and Japan. It is said that a Buddhist monk was responsible for carrying this supernal secret. With the introduction of the paper in Japan, several hundreds of years later, and coinciding with the development of its religion, became part of the life of the Japanese. Added colors, silk thread and origami had real range. Those gifts were decorated with small noshi, and were basically small patterns of bend according to the wrapper.

In Japan, the origami is taught in them schools, but before that the child has time to practice in the classroom, has already made hundreds at home. The festivals are decorated with origami. Children's day has special origami of the tent: a fish swimming against the stream symbolizing life force. During the summer is Tanabaja, the Festival of the stars; then there are that do frogs of bamboo decorated with star of origami and other decorations of paper, so that recalls much to a tree of Christmas.


When you practice origami you are moving all of your brain, the development of hand-eye co-ordinated, sequencing skills, attention, patience, temporal, spatial skills, mathematical reasoning... The latest research envelopes art and brain and the work of Katrin Shumakov and Yuri Shumakov, They recognize the orgiami the ability to develop and strengthen the brain.

The impact art in the mind of the origami makes that the child learn through the development bimanual, with which the two hemispheres of the brain are stimulated. To cultivate harmony between the hands, the brain is bilaterally. As a result we have children able to maximize their potential for thinking, creating sequences of logical and creative, rational and intuitive, analytical and syntactic, objective and subjective, being able to see the two sides and the Entireties.

Origami practices can help children to acquire and develop certain cognitive skills as the skills of understanding and the properties of the "void of the mind".

An ancient Japanese legend says that if you doblas thousand paper cranes, anything you wish will be realized. Some people make it without doubt because it is an art, because it is completely based on the geometry and each fold is determined by the laws of mathematics, which is a way of approaching to know the secret of the universe.

It resembles a vision system in the world, symbolic role hieroglyphs, a universe of impermanent objects, symbolic phenomena that can be bent, broken down and transformed into other figures. That abstract symbolic language It is quite tempting to penetrate the dark origins of the linguistic mechanism of the mind. The forms that appear are unusual and at the same time are simple. This is perhaps the reason why origami is popular around the world.

Only the change is constant

This is a great discovery of Buddhism, and in fact what we do every day but develop an image of reality, reveal it and expand it, reduce it? Origami is the constant change art. The Japanese, that put their attention in them things fragile and small, trying to capture the breath of the eternity in them.

All began with a square in 610 d. C. In Buddhism, the square is a reflection of the cosmos, a symbol of emptiness where everything is born and everything dies. The paper is treated in Japan as something sacred, fragile, temporary and short existence. So all those things beautiful as a butterfly, a drop of dew or the breath are expression of eternity and that is perhaps the more important... learn to catch it

Them priests Shinto found a work incredible in the origami, by be so pure, perfect and plastic... qualities that are attributed to the gods. If the role was clean, the relationship between man and God would also be. The manipulation of the origami is a sentence where the pape, l son of the tree, has been sacrificed of mode sacred and its exercise leads to the lighting.

By Koncha Pinoos-Pey


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By • 21 May, 2013 • section: General