Aboriginal Spirituality & Oral Religions. What's Behind The MASK?. Indigenous peoples of the Americas have produced a wide variety of sacred images, such as this stone figure of the Aztec moon goddess. Coyolxauhqui (Moon Goddess), 15th century-1521 .
What's Behind The MASK?
Indigenous peoples of the Americas have produced a wide variety of sacred images, such as this stone figure of the Aztec moon goddess.
Black Punu masks are linked to a judiciary process such as searching for witches, an enquiry into a crime, or a trial by poison.According to Louis Perrois, the category "masks with black faces" make up about 8% of the corpus of the Punu masks.
The black-faced masks represent angry spirits, and it is therefore considered potentially dangerous to handle them.
According to Perrois (1979: 235) the black patina on Punu masks is presumably an index of its more serious or darker role in judiciary services, potentially condemning the living.
Refrences – “The White Masks of South Gabon" - Louis Perrois and Charlotte Grand-Dufay
This White-Faced Mask is part of the a ritual stilt dance associated with funeral ceremonies of the BaPunu and Ashira peoples of Africa
Punu masks layered in white kaolin are used in celebrations and funerary ceremonies, where the white surface marked them as ushers of the other world.
As with the black-faced masks they are found in different forms: hairstyles with double shells, rounded central shells or flattened transverse shells and are found with linear or dotted scarification.
Chants and clothingdesign can function as sacred texts in native religions.
Some indigenous peoples of western Canada and the United States have erected totem poles to honour an ancestor. Images on the totem pole are related to the ancestor’s life story.
Totems are also used to tell a specific spiritual event or historic tale.
Aboriginals of South America
Most South American myths that have been examined are from the Ancient Incas – who built a great empire in Peru 2500 B.C.
“Inca” – Means ‘the children of the sun’
A pre-Inca Tiachuanaco Myth tells that in the beginning a god called Con TicciViracocha emerged out of nothingness and created everything.
A costal tribe of Peru believed in a creator god called Coniraya. They believed he had filled the sea with fish and taught them how to farm the land. (Relates to theory that man came from the sea)
The Canaris Tribe – believed they were descended from an ancient parrot or macaw, who had bred with few survivors of a terrible flood
The Mayan creation story is written in an ancient document known as the Popol Vuh
The Maya believed that in the beginning there was nothing but darkness, with the sky above and the sea below.
Myths say that a group of gods together shaped the landscape and formed animals and birds.
The Popol Vuh says that women were created after men, as in the Christian creation story in the Bible.
Polynesians are the peoples who live on the many islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, from Hawaiito Easter Island and New Zealand
Over 10,000 islands many may have been 1st settled 40,000 years ago
Easter Islanders created strange stone statues called “moais”, carved with stone tools because they had no metal.
There are about 600 huge stone moai statues on E.I.
Worship of theDivine Feminine
In several of the world’s influential religions female imagery and control was once the dominate form of the deity – today male influence has created an imbalance
Divine power is seen as mostly male
Sacred Feminine Painting by Carolyn Cable