This gallery contains 9 photos.
In January 2010 I traveled to Cuba to research my book on the Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta. I was enchanted by the whole cult of the mermaid–she is goddess, nymph, protectress and mother to many Cubans. Infused in the culture … Continue reading
Tagged Cuba, flash essay, mermaid, mixed media, Nancy Morejon, Oshun, photography, poetry, Santeria, sculpture, sirens, Yemaya, Yoruba
The deities in the painting are Oshun, Mars and Venus. Oshun is the Afro-Caribbean goddess of the river, love, sexuality and beauty. This prayer–an excerpt from The Pillow Book of Venus and Her Lover: Reinventing the Myth–asks for purification … Continue reading
Posted in painting, poetry, prayer
Tagged Afro-Caribbean, Mars, orisha, Oshun, painting, poetry, prayer, river, Tantric, Venus, Yoruba