Yoruba African Orishas™ by James C. Lewis

Feb 22, 2013 • ArticlesNo Comments

While doing some research on African Gods and Goddesses, American photographer James C. Lewis, stumbled upon the Orishas of Nigeria and Benin. He was inspired to create a photo series based on his findings.

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‘I wanted to portray the regal beauty of  each Orisha while  also representing their majestic sensuality. Each iconic depiction was rendered to lend strength to our resilience as a great race of people and to show our youth that they  are beautiful, bold and brilliant just they way God created them to be.  Although I am aware that the Ifa Tradition traveled in the Ori “Head” of those Blacks that were captured as slaves and sent to other parts of the diaspora, I chose to focus on the true origin of the faith. Therefore each Orisha’s name is written in the Yoruba dialect  and captures imagery of  powerful men, women & children of various complexions who are all of African descent’.

 

Source: Noire3000studios.wordpress.com

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