Westfarikas Experience

by yudaica2013 ·

With countries such as Ghana and Burkina Faso, West Africa is also called the soul of Africa”referred to, because here is the old traditions have received. Even if today life quickly changed, tribes such as the Lobi sometimes still in clay castles such as since hundreds of years life. This area appears rich in culture through the former great African kingdoms, still as a place of mystical secrets, wild peoples and scary stories. More and more people travel in these countries, to catch even a glimpse of African art and traditions before they’re all gone. Get away travellers also in contact with the diverse art produced by trained African craftsmen for centuries in traditional way. African art was primarily religious motives out, as also in the entire life in this region, the religious cults played an important role. In the clay castles African figures and altar pots made in its own altar space. Speaking candidly San Antonio Spurs told us the story.

Today, these African figures and masks are sought after Collector’s items. This is not surprising also because their design is the expression of the highest quality, fascinating. African figures like to represent elements of nature: animals, plants, objects of everyday life and star so all is what visible. It is the artists but not to a simple picture of the natural real world, but an own representation in the combination of tradition and religion. This man is involved in his story, his ancestors. In contrast to the enlightened”Western religion the experiences of ancestors play an important role, and man seeks her powers to use.

While African figures, usually at fixed sites were set up, African masks were part of religious rituals, ceremonies, initiation rituals or the preparation for war. They gave the owners at the dance of protective force, transferred his mystical violence during the celebrations. There are African masks in different types which were applied as a mask face, completely wrapped in the head or just on the head have been attached. African masks often represent a spirit, and it is believed that the spirit of the ancestors possesses the wearer. African masks are made mostly of wood and can be decorated with ivory, animal hair, plant parts, color pigments (like kaolin) and semiprecious stones. Anton Mentrup

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