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The Power of Belief – Altars and Altar Objects

Friday, December 09, 2016

This post describes the purpose of the Altar, and it's use by humans to as a sacred space where the living world can touch the divine....

No Signature Necessary! – Chicha Bowls

Friday, May 01, 2015

Chicha is a fermented alcoholic drink that has been brewed for hundreds of years in South America, oftentimes serving ritual purposes. Ancient bowls called quero were used during the Inca Empire and perhaps even before to seal agreements, alliances and ceremonies, much like a modern day contract. These wooden chicha bowls with carved oxen represented wealth and abundance. During weddings, for instance, the bride and groom would sip from each side to seal their union...

Seeking Answers Elsewhere – Yoruba Divination Art

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Yoruba people of West Africa have a long history of divination practice in which each complex stage requires special objects created by artistic masters. Individual gods, or Orisha, are worshipped and featured on the divination tools. From small to large, diviners seek otherworldly wisdom to solve issues by communicating through these powerful objects...

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“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER