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(art by Odyism Odera Igbokwe)
Anyanwu
Alusi of the sun, her name in Igbo means eye of the sun. She is one of the important deities in the Igbo religion of Odinani. Anyanwu represents the perfect image of what people should aspire to be
Amongst Ndi Igbo, the Sun was referred to as Anyanwu (An-yan-wew). This is a combination of two different words. The first word, anya means eye. The second word, anwu, means light. Together, the phrase reads as “eye of light.”Anywanu played a very large role in life of the Umunri. “Nri people believed that the sun was the dwelling place of Anyanwu (The God of Light and Agbala (The Holy Spirit). They believed Agbala to be the collective spirit of all holy beings (human and nonhuman). The Holy Spirit was a perfect agent of Chi-Ukwu or Chineke (the Creator God). 

Anyanwu by Odyism

(art by Odyism Odera Igbokwe)

Anyanwu

Alusi of the sun, her name in Igbo means eye of the sun. She is one of the important deities in the Igbo religion of Odinani. Anyanwu represents the perfect image of what people should aspire to be

Amongst Ndi Igbo, the Sun was referred to as Anyanwu (An-yan-wew). This is a combination of two different words. The first word, anya means eye. The second word, anwu, means light. Together, the phrase reads as “eye of light.”

Anywanu played a very large role in life of the Umunri. “Nri people believed that the sun was the dwelling place of Anyanwu (The God of Light and Agbala (The Holy Spirit). They believed Agbala to be the collective spirit of all holy beings (human and nonhuman). The Holy Spirit was a perfect agent of Chi-Ukwu or Chineke (the Creator God). 

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"Ọya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa!" -excerpt

this documentary is a work in progress. the is a personal and political story which addresses the effects of memory on a current Òrìṣà cosmology while exploring  womyn’s leadership within indigenous Yorùbá spirituality.

visual language/treatment of film.
this documentary is non-linear in nature. it is utilizing ritual and performance against text/audio.  there is a layering of images and audio which  resonates with the multiple truths/levels of the practice/culture. 

check out and support this documentary by filmmaker seyi adebanjo

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submitted by naijaboi 

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The leopard Agasu and Princess Aligbonon of Tado (modern Togo), the mythical couple ancestral to royal dynasties of Dahomey, Allada & Porto Novo (modern Benin)

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Spider Stories follows the tale of Princess Zahara who is thrown into hiding after the royal family is overthrown by a corrupt neighboring kingdom. While traveling with a misfit caravan of merchants she meets a wandering drummer griot who introduces her to the spirit world. Armed with a mystical staff, the fearless princess embarks on quest to reconnect with the spirits, reunite her homeland, and reclaim the throne.

Spider Stories follows the tale of Princess Zahara who is thrown into hiding after the royal family is overthrown by a corrupt neighboring kingdom. While traveling with a misfit caravan of merchants she meets a wandering drummer griot who introduces her to the spirit world. Armed with a mystical staff, the fearless princess embarks on quest to reconnect with the spirits, reunite her homeland, and reclaim the throne.

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Asasabonsam

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I was doing research on black vampires and I came across this vampire figure from the Ashanti people of Ghana:

The Asasabonsam or asanbosam [also Sasabonsam] is an African vampire from Ghana lore. They can take the shape of a man, woman or child. They are described as having hooks instead of feet which are used like traps. For example, the asasabonsam hangs in a tree and when a animal or human passes it grabs the victim with its sharp hook feet and eats it alive with its iron teeth. When attacking humans, it aims for a very unusual place, the thumb.

http://www.bloodylexicon.com/monsters/asasabonsam/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asanbosam

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Venda mythology

An African mythology reality from Venda, South Africa:
http://www.citypress.co.za/SouthAfrica/Features/The-lake-of-vanishing-spirits-20120922

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My interpretation of the Tokoloshe, one of South Africa’s most feared but secretly loved mythical imps. Known to creep up to people in their beds and carrying them away, many South-Africans raise their beds onto bricks to this day to prevent this from happening.
Excerpt from my illustrated book ‘Creatures from the Dark Continent’ introducing and describing sixteen beasts from mythology from all over Africa, check out some more at my blog! kiki-kalahari.tumblr.com/

My interpretation of the Tokoloshe, one of South Africa’s most feared but secretly loved mythical imps. Known to creep up to people in their beds and carrying them away, many South-Africans raise their beds onto bricks to this day to prevent this from happening.

Excerpt from my illustrated book ‘Creatures from the Dark Continent’ introducing and describing sixteen beasts from mythology from all over Africa, check out some more at my blog! kiki-kalahari.tumblr.com/

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Huspalim
(Art by Lady Deuce)
A large marmot that had red-spotted skin an extraordinary large head with a monkey’s face. It’s rumoured to have lived in Ethiopia where it was captured and eaten. Its meat was too tough to eat so the creature needed a lot of beating before its flesh was tenderised.

Huspalim

(Art by Lady Deuce)

A large marmot that had red-spotted skin an extraordinary large head with a monkey’s face. It’s rumoured to have lived in Ethiopia where it was captured and eaten. Its meat was too tough to eat so the creature needed a lot of beating before its flesh was tenderised.

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Saint Anastasia Escrava
Anastasia, holy Anastasia,
You who were borne by Yemenja, our mother,
Give us the strength to struggle each day
So we may never become slaves, 
So that, like you, we may be rebellious creatures
May it be so. Amen

The above is an image of Brazilian folk saint Escrava Anastacia (Anastacia the Slave), the daughter of an African princess in colonial Brazil who was reputed to work miracles and be a model of virtue in her own lifetime. Renowned for her beauty and her beautiful blue eyes, she is said to have often exclaimed, “eu não sou escrava” (I am not a slave). The popular image is of her muzzled with an iron mask which many believe was a punishment for the refusal of her master’s sexual advances. She more than likely died of gangrene from wearing that mask, and is said to have forgiven her oppressors before her death.

Saint Anastasia Escrava

Anastasia, holy Anastasia,

You who were borne by Yemenja, our mother,

Give us the strength to struggle each day

So we may never become slaves,

So that, like you, we may be rebellious creatures

May it be so. Amen

The above is an image of Brazilian folk saint Escrava Anastacia (Anastacia the Slave), the daughter of an African princess in colonial Brazil who was reputed to work miracles and be a model of virtue in her own lifetime. Renowned for her beauty and her beautiful blue eyes, she is said to have often exclaimed, “eu não sou escrava” (I am not a slave). The popular image is of her muzzled with an iron mask which many believe was a punishment for the refusal of her master’s sexual advances. She more than likely died of gangrene from wearing that mask, and is said to have forgiven her oppressors before her death.

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Ethiopian Pegasus
This was a winged horse from Ethiopia documented by the ancient Greeks. It had the wings of a bird on a horse that had one great horn protruding from its head. It was born from an island in the Red Sea off the coasts of Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Pegasus

This was a winged horse from Ethiopia documented by the ancient Greeks. It had the wings of a bird on a horse that had one great horn protruding from its head. It was born from an island in the Red Sea off the coasts of Ethiopia.