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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Great pictures and concept,,, but i think i read somewhere dt this modern depiction is an insult to the yoruba culture as they like to think of their deities as really ancient.. my carrot brain tells me not to mind them!

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    • I wish I had read that before I published this. I can understand why they would be upset. However, from the point of view of someone who had not heard of the Yoruba people before, this is a very impressive induction.

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  2. I think Obba is better than her sisters especially Oshun because it was not Obba’s fault that she got banished and another suggestion is switch Obba and Oshun because in the description Oshun is the goddess of beauty and I think that Obba (in the picture) is prettier than Oshun. Anyway rich history and wonderful presentation WOW !🙂

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