Rituals for the Waters

Rituals for the Waters

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poster for 2013 waters ritual

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Praise & Thanks for Water

Chief Yeye Luisah Teish & friends created two community rituals to invoke protection, and to celebrate the waters of the world. My contributions were Digital Posters, and the Clay Vessel for the Waters of the World, used in the 2014 Ritual.
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Ritual for the Waters 2013
Digital Poster
I combined three photographic images: Yeye Teish playing sekere (top left); a posterized photograph of a sculpture of Oshun, African River Goddess (top right); and waves at Crown Beach, Alameda.
RGB Photo collage, © 2013

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poster for Waters Ritual, photo of Oshun River in Nigeria

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Ritual for the Waters 2014
MOISTURE, The Water Cycle Continues
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Digital Poster
Digital photograph of Iya Oshogbo, Priestess of Oshun, print photograph of the Oshun River in Oshogbo, Nigeria—many thanks to Susheel Bibbs, canned images of butterflies (Open Source). RGB photo collage, © 2014.
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Ritual for the Waters 2014
Clay Vessel for the Waters of the World
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This view of the altar shows my Clay Vessel for the Waters of the World in the foreground. Filled with water from many sources, ritual participants were invited to add or take water from the vessel. Altar building was led by Uzuri Amini/Iya Oshogbo and assisted by myself, Mkali Hashiki, and students and friends of Ile Orunmila Oshun.
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Bisque-fired stoneware, hand-coiled and burnished; painted with turquoise, yellow, and orange ceramic stains, and gold acrylic paint; 17″ high x 12 1/2″ diameter at the top, © 2014
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Many thanks to El Adams for the photograph.