African Goddess Art Prints
Africa is one of the oldest continents on the planet and its rich cultural history has been widely documented in mythological tales. The sun-baked land and all the creatures who inhabit it are often a central focus in African storytelling rituals, highlighting our ancestral connection to Mother Nature. African Goddesses often picture in these colourful tales, acting as messengers between the living world and the afterlife. Read more
These female deities hold a powerful energy that can be felt at first glance. In the rainforests and other rural settlements, tribes worship these Goddesses using masks decorated with plants, features, and other spectacular foraged objects. The idea is that these masks will connect them with the Goddess spirit and therefore the spirits of the underworld. The decorative headwear is usually made with height in mind thanks to the belief that the taller the mask the easier it is to ascend to the cosmos.
One type of tribe that is worth taking note of is that of the Amazon warrior woman. The origin of this tribe has never been made clear, yet we know that across different continents, various cultures have their own tribe of female warriors called Amazons. In Africa, the Dahomey tribe’s warrior women were initially known as Mino (Mothers) until European settlers renamed them Amazons thanks to their close resemblance to the Amazons in Greek mythology. These military women are famous for adorning their heads with tropical leaves as a symbol of spiritual enlightenment and power. This deep connection with African Goddess art enhances their relationship with Mother Nature making them shrewd fighters – super in tune with their surroundings.
In Ancient Egyptian culture, Serket, the Goddess of protection most commonly associated with the scorpion. Her ability to cure venomous stings and bites meant that she played a vital role in society since scorpion bites can lead to paralysis. It is also reported that she shared a strong connection with Neith and Isis who were also prominent Egyptian deities.
Africa is a vast continent and with that comes a multitude of cultures. Through African Goddess art Jil-Laura strives to show the strength of African women and their diverse beauty. From the banks of the Nile to the tropical rainforests of El Congo female Goddesses have been linked with distinct elements of nature – called upon when needed most.
This deep-rooted connection to nature is also reflected in the role of African women in society. Traditionally, the female member of the household is responsible for harvesting the deliciously sweet fruit that grows in the jungle, collecting the crops from the fields and protecting her loved ones from malnutrition and disease. Her duty to provide a healthy form of nutrition mirrors the duty ancient cultures bestowed upon female Goddesses to ensure the elements united to provide a robust harvest. Today, we can remind ourselves of this inextinguishable female power by placing African Goddess art in our homes.
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