Arts & Myths 2 [DVD]
.....AND USE AS WELL AS THE TRADITIONAL & CONTEMPORARY ARTISITIC ISSUES CONTEXTUALIZING IT, REVEALING THE IMAGINATION OF A PEOPLE, ANOTHER VISION OF THE WORLD HERE AND THERE.
IATMUL SKULL The Iatmul people of New Guinea believe the head contains all the substance of the being. For this reason, they carefully keep the skulls of their ancestors. Once cleaned and "overmodeled," they are painted to resemble the dead person.
HOPI DOLL This small wooden doll represents one of the Kachina spirits which accompany the lives of the Hopi Indians of Arizona. Several hundred Kachinas exist, regularly visiting Hopi villages to bring rain and fertility.
CHINESE SHADOW FIGURE In China, shadow-puppets figures are always colourful. Guan Yu, a 3rd-century warrior, symbolizes fidelity and moral rectitude. He joined the Chinese pantheon when he became the god of war, trade, and secret societies. He is a character typical of the popular theatre.
STATUE OF THE GOD GU In voodoo mythology, Gu is the god of war and patron of ironsmiths. In Benin, Gu is still feared as much as worshipped, but it is rare for him to be endowed with human shape. Yet, in the 19th century, a sculptor named Akati Ekplkendo did just that.
MASK FROM THE KODIAK ARCHIPELAGO Over the years, the culture of the Alutiiqu, the inhabitants of Alaska's Kodiak Archipelago, has been lost, and it is only now that the memory is beginning to be revived. What is known about this strange "moon-mask," the centre-piece of a unique collection.
MNONG GAR JAR STAKE This stake is used by the Mnong people to hold a jar containing rice beer, Both the stake and jar are essential to performing the buffalo sacrifice, an important ritual in Southeast Asia. By sharing a sacrificial meal of rice and buffalo flesh with the gods, one hopes to obtain their protection.
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