Thoughts on a Sunday morning

I have always been fascinated by mythology. Recently I’ve been reading up about mythology in the bible and this inspired me to create this composite photograph. Mythology is older than the bible and I wonder now if the bible  is (partly) build on myths. Mythology is not restricted to one particular culture; it’s a global phenomena interwoven through all cultures. I also discovered that there are different bible versions depending on which Christian religion. For example: Deut 32:33 “Their wine is the poison of dragons” or “…. is the venom of serpents”. 

Wether it’s Scandinavian-, Aboriginal-, Venda- or biblical mythology the meaning of the different symbols is the same throughout the different cultures (religions) around the globe.

Eagles (35 times mentioned in the bible), for example, symbolises  the good and protection against evil; Owls stand for wisdom but mostly mentioned in a negative context (Leviticus 11:13-19); Serpents/Snakes (44 times in the bible) are evil as are dragons (35 times in the bible). History shows that the bible has been rewritten numerous times during the first 14-15 centuries by the Roman Catholic Church and after that also by its ‘spin-off’ (Calvin/Luther/etc.) churches. The essence of mythology in the bible however remained the same.

For the second photo-graphic imaginary I used elements from Norwegian mythology (Norske Miögatör), which also inspired JRR Tolkien, and added the known Christian peace symbol (dove) which also occurs in native American and Celtic myths. This composite was made for the festivities last September in Tulbagh (Western Cape, South Africa) commemorating the earthquake in 1969 .

Earth, Wind and Fire

In addition to serving as spouts for water in ancients times, the gaping mouths of gargoyles evoked the fearsome destructiveness of these legendary beasts, reminding the laity of the need for the (Roman Catholic) church’s protection. A previous owner of this house added them to keep evil spirits out.

Original photographs in black and white. Did some reduction so that only the outlines were left. Next I added textures and elements from other pictures plus coloring in-painting and drawing. The end result is what I call ‘photo-graphics’.

Only 1 framed print (60 x 40 cm) per image available at Private Gallery in Napier, Western Cape, South Africa.

Like a woman ….

…… Soft on the outside but watch out for the spines in between …. 😉 (Alluaudia procera. Origin: Madagascar)

What I in fact want to tell is that I’m out of this blog … for one week … but be back Friday 4 October (that’s ‘Animal Day’ according to the Roman Catholic church which also happens to be my Birth Day….). Wonder if I’m going to meet Shiara …. 😉 Should be around in this part of South Africa I understood….

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