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TheGreenWizard

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African Pantheon
« on: October 23, 2013, 07:42:05 PM »

Was going through my news articles today, and found this one:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/these-african-deities-are-the-best-gods-youve-never-heard-of

I know its a buzzfeed article, but I found it interesting because the author is absolutely correct: when I was growing up, I was obviously taught about the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Norse (to a degree) and some Native American pantheons, and yet, I never heard of any African deities (sans Egyptian) nor other religions. Yes, we learned of Hinduism having an exhaustive list of deities, and the Eastern Asian countries, such as Japan, China, and so forth, being an interesting mix of different beliefs (LATER in history), but we never heard of other belief systems... hmm...

Thought it would give some of us pause to consider what other pantheons are out there - both still existing, and lost.
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Re: African Pantheon
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013, 09:11:33 PM »

That was so cool, thank you for sharing that :D
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Re: African Pantheon
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013, 09:13:59 PM »

Thanks TGW, those were really cool and beautiful images. I know nothing of African Pantheons, but it was nice to get a glimpse.
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Re: African Pantheon
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2013, 03:46:26 AM »

Lovely pictures TGW.
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Re: African Pantheon
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2013, 07:58:36 AM »

Great pics.  But...most of those deiforms were brought to the New World by way of the Caribbean.  Way back in the 50's Desi Arnaz used it invoke Babaluaye on national television!
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Re: African Pantheon
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2013, 10:56:17 PM »

Remember that C_A. TGW you will find that they are worship a lot in Brazil along with those that came from the island of Japan back around 1900 hundred .
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Re: African Pantheon
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2013, 02:56:52 AM »

Japan? You mean they combine Candomble with god/desses that are worshiped in Japan?  Too much caffeine and too little sleep here.......
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Re: African Pantheon
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2013, 05:40:27 AM »

Great pics.  But...most of those deiforms were brought to the New World by way of the Caribbean.  Way back in the 50's Desi Arnaz used it invoke Babaluaye on national television!

Mind. Blown. Is that what he was referring to?!  How...utterly awesome.

Thanks for sharing that link!  While the images are rather Western-stylized (I particularly love how practically all of these African deities have blue eyes!), I had never heard of this pantheon.  Off to read everything I can find.  :)
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Re: African Pantheon
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2013, 09:40:04 AM »

While the images are rather Western-stylized (I particularly love how practically all of these African deities have blue eyes!), I had never heard of this pantheon.  Off to read everything I can find.  :)

I think you'll find the eyes less of a "Western stylization"  after some reading.  A simple google of "Babaluaye" will send you careening down a bobsled run.
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