Yoruba Orishas: African gods and goddess
Photographer James C. Lewis created a series of photos where he artistically depicted the African Yoruba deities – ORISHAS – venerated by the Yoruba people of Benin and Nigeria. The result is a stunning series of photographs depicting the divine and spiritual symbology and life.
When asked to express where his inspiration for this photo project arose from, Lewis said,
“Throughout my formal education from elementary up through college I never heard tale of African deities. A little over a month ago I began to research online to find information in regards to the gods & goddesses of Africa. To my surprise there were many, however the ones that stood out the most were the deities of Nigeria and Benin, West Africa which they referred to as Orishas.
I wanted to portray the regal beauty of each Orisha while also representing their majestic sensuality. Each iconic depiction was rendered to lend strength to our resilience as a great race of people and to show our youth that they are beautiful, bold and brilliant just they way God created them to be. […] each Orisha’s name is written in the Yoruba dialect and captures imagery of powerful men, women & children of various complexions who are all of African descent.”
Sources: All Images Property of James C. Lewis
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Posted on September 2, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged African, Benin, Deities, Deity, diversity, Goddesses, Gods, James C Lewis, Nigeria, Orishas, religion, Religion and Spirituality, spirituality, tolerance, Yoruba. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.