Like the focus on one deity. Is this a trend toward introducing each deity of the Pantheon of Spirits?
BENIN’S OGUN: God of Iron/War (Revised)
By Chief Dr. Daryl M. Peavy
Ogun-an embodiment of the magical force of transformation. Ogun is traditionally known as the deity of Iron and War. He traveled throughout Africa, where his trail can be seen through metal working and warfare.
His name has taken on many pronouncements such as Ogun, Ogu, Ogwu just to name a few. He is attached to ironworkers and metal, as well as their instruments. He is not only associated with war, but also hunting, medicine, magic, healing and the alchemical process of change. Through their travels, hunters, priest, herbalists, and diviners spread the Ogun cult through West Africa (Barnes 1989, 8).
The stories of Ogun are archaic. The origins of Ogun probably evolved out of an iron-aged culture that valued war, as well as warriors, and the instruments of war and…
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This is my sanctuary for the past twenty years. Produced tons of Art, in all media, that went out into the world. Made a mark and made a living. Now it a residence. There is a difference. Before I would seek solace and find my depth. I would get in touch with the Vortex that originate and radiate from this Table. Its always there, place settings for however many people present. I was the sole guest for many stellar events. My tentacles ever reaching, to possess the spirits that avail themselves. Now I am in permanent observation. A turbulent flow in the absence of external forces. Exposed, I am. How will I respond to this pressure?
For one thing, its distracting as hell. There is always something. Every day is capitol. My first day on the Mesa was in the middle of…
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“Carnival Masquerade” By Bernard Stanley Hoyes Serigraph 60 colors 199 edition, size 30×40″ 50% off
“Carnival masquerade is Africa. Europe and Asia marching down a main street in costumes of the ultimate symbols of liberation. Every man surging together up out of centuries of displacement. It defines cultural boundaries as well as boundaries of the imagination. It cries of cultural magnitude and vibrancy of the human spirit.”
The Original Painting “Carnival Masquerade” Acrylics on Canvas, 40×60″ is from the Personage series. Rearly shown series on the influence of the Great African Spirits that transit the Middle Passage, and have survived in the transcendent Souls of All African descendent.
The Image was resolved in 60 colors printed on Stonehenge 320 G. 100% rag paper. Image size 24×36″, Paper size 30×40″. Signed and numbered by the Artist. Limited to 199 with 25 artist proofs and 25 printers proofs. embossed authenticity stamp on each print. Certificates available with each print.
The series deals with the vision and imagery of indelible Classical African Civilizations that have shaped Black cultures throughout the Americas. Rendered in a synthesis of the great Cuban Artist, Wilfredo Lam’s and Mexican Modernist Rufino Tamayo’s iconography. Hoyes has advance a Visual Voice as a Chorus in the Art Wilderness. This Serigraph was inspired by the Original image. Publish by Caribbean Fine Arts Publishing, and Produce at Samper Silkscreen in Los Angeles.
One of the traditional costumes, this one is called “Cow Head” is worn during the Junkanoo Street parade in Jamaica during the Christmas Seasons. Boxing Day,is a British holiday, the day after christmas. Its is celebrated with much festivity and Parades. The Fear of the “Junkanoo Band” was the highlight of the parade for Children. I remember being chased into my yard, by one of these members, all the way in my house, under my bed. Haven,t been scared of anything since.
It is believed it is tied to West African origins, as the costumes and conduct of the masqueraders bear similarities with the Yoruba Egun festivals. It is believed that this Celebration began during the 16th and 17th centuries in the British Colonies. The slaves were given a special holiday around Christmas time when they would be able to leave the plantations to be with their family and celebrate the holidays with African dance, music, and costumes. After emancipation, this tradition continued, and Junkanoo has evolved from its simple origins to a formal, more organized parade with sophisticated, intricate costumes, themed music and incentive prizes. Of course, we all are familiar with the Great masquerade Festivals that is Celebrated in Trinidad.
BERNARD STANLEY HOYES EXHIBIT-FALL 2014
CHICAGO THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
September 24 – October 23, 2014
A collection of 36 Paintings will be on exhibition
Conversation with the artist: Hoyes will discuss his craft, inspiration,and the impact his Art has made. learn more here.
This is a culmination of 30 years of exploring African Spirituality and its survival in the Western hemisphere. These paintings on exhibit are a selection of the Genesis of that exploration from the first two decades when I was inspired to give homage to the my first Religious experience living in My Great Grand Aunts backyard Church in Rae Town in Kingston, Jamaica.
Love that The Chicago Theological Seminary has recognized my contribution to the conversation on African Spirituality. Love that this is the second time in three months I have been invited to a University, to share my works (at the Harvard Divinity School)
Africans at home and abroad endured thru Faith. Faith in a higher Order, represented by the Pantheon of Ancestral Spirits. It has manifest itself from Baptist to Vodun. The Spirits have survived superstition to reverential belief. They have contributed immensely to all creative discipline in Western Culture. The series began as a tribute and became a life long Cultural and Spiritual conversation with the Public. Come join us as we give respect.
“Thanks and praises to the Most High.”