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 .
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-DufayBlack Punu - Lumbu mask
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.Punu Mask from Gabon
Totems are also used to tell a specific spiritual event or historic tale.Totem Poles
“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.South America – The Incas
The Canaris Tribe – believed they were descended from an ancient parrot or macaw, who had bred with few survivors of a terrible floodINCAS
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.Mayan Sacred Text
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.Ancient Polynesians
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