Another Image: Yemaya

“Another Image” pays homage to Yemaya through a sites specific offering on South Beach. Text by Audre Lorde, Zami a New Spelling Of My Name. Click on this link to watch video!    

Another Image: Oya

The Oya Experience: The Miami City Cemetery sits quietly in between northeast second and north Miami avenue this late afternoon. The clouds are bloated with Yemaya’s tears awaiting the right moment to release all of her children’s sorrows. Loni is dressed in a pleated rainbow skirt, purple and red head scarf, with a beaded necklace…

Another Image Questionaire

As a community reflection on “Another Image,” the Sites Specific Photography Project, we hope to bring many demographics, practitioners of all studies, and individuals who challenge the institutional framing of art practices together for a collective questionnaire.

She Has Something To Say…

These photos were to explore my cultural backgrounds, the frustrations of being exploited as a woman of color, and Miami landscapes that aids in both rich and bleak surroundings that communities and individuals experience on a daily basis. Part of this project stemmed from the realization that I felt it important to express and archive…

Orisha-Hindu Pairing

Oggun/Hanuman parallel Eleggua/ Obatala/ Ganesha parallel Ochun/Lakshmi parallel Oya/ Parvati parellel Yemaya/ Ganga parellel  

Yoruba, Hinduism and Egyptian practices..

Through my own studies and practices I could not help but find connections to Hindu, Egyptian, and Yoruba gods Sadashiva, Amon and Elegba. All three of these gods or deities had some involvement in the creation of the universe and or have the ability to destroy worlds, “change or close paths.  Also, similarities revolved around…

Resources & References

Beier, Ulli. Yoruba Myths. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1980. Print. Cheik Anta Dio, Precolonial Black Africa ( Trenton, NJ: Africa World press co-published with Lawrence Hill, 1992), p.216 Cortez, Julio García. The Osha: Secrets of the Yoruba-Lucumi-Santeria Religion in the United States and the Americas: Initiation, Rituals, Ceremonies, Orishas, Divination, Plants, Sacrifices, Cleansing, Songs. Brooklyn, NY: Athelia Henrietta,…

Another Image Ochun

OSHUN: The orisha of unconditional love, receptivity, and diplomacy. Known for her sensuality, fine artists development and beauty. Oshun is a river divinity and also divinity of fertility and feminine essence.  She has many sides, on one hand she can be very short-tempered and irritable on the other, she can be calm and fluid. Women…

Another Image Oggun

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 The Oggun Experience OGUN: The divinity of iron and all that iron becomes. He is the patron of hunters, blacksmiths, and warriors. Ogun is also the divinity of clearing paths, specifically in respect to building civilizations. He is the essence of divine truth and justice on Earth. Known for his keen…

Yoruba History/ Enslavement Period & More…

The Yoruba History   The Yoruba history begins with the migration of an East African population across the trans-African route leading from the mid-Nile river area to the mid-Niger. Archaeologists, according to M. Omoleya, inform us that the Nigerian region was inhabited more than forty thousand years ago, or as far back as 65, 000…

The Orishas

Oludumare/ Olorun, (Brahmen, Vishnu), is in all things, the creator.  This concept is basic and fundamental in respect to religious involvement. Humans, devoid of oppressive ego , must see themselves as also part of the creation, and behave accordingly. Ashe, this term means the life-force that runs through all things, living and inanimate. Ashe is…