Yoruba Zodiac

YORUBA PANTHEON: The foundation of a culture’s spiritual system is often influenced by celestial bodies, there is no exception in Yoruba culture as evidenced by the Ifa divination practice. Yoruba allegorical stories connect the heights of the “heavens” ruled by “Olorun” and the depths of the “Oceans” ruled by “Olokun” with the earth in between where over 400 deities intercede on behalf of man to “Olodumare” the supreme creator. “Olodumara” the creator, “Olorun” ruler of the heavens and “Olofi” the messenger represent a trinity. Yoruba citizens of super extreme virtue were elevated to deities as a means of consolidating those values within its culture (twelve deities are presented in this series as a symbolic analogue to the Zodiac signs). These stories akin to those of Canonization in the Catholic church served to immortalize the Yoruba deities and also form the foundation of Yoruba cultural mythology.

Finish: DIASEC mounting –
Diasec is a method of preservation of photographic images. The mounting process uses no glue instead it utilises a special liquid chemical to create adhesion between the three components in the composite. The face of the image adheres chemically to the back of a transparent Plexiglas and the image back to a rigid aluminium sheet. The process ensures the absence of dust particles or air bubbles with no traces of glue. The front face of the plexiglas filters ultraviolet light and avoids discoloration of the image. The final artwork is a guaranteed Museum quality finish with image longevity of over 70 years.

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