Deity Print
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This series is inspired by the practices and beliefs of Shintoism and the connection between the gods and nature. In the early days people feared the forces of nature and believed that spirits lived in natural elements like the ocean. I decided to present a narrative of two important rituals of Shintoism. The act of ritual bathing is called Misogi. It is done as purification of the unclean before presenting oneself to the gods. Harae is another purification ritual that involves passing through a circular wreath to exorcise sins. Harae originated from a legend about Susano’o the god of storms, who is well known to be in discourse with the goddess of the sun; Ameterasu. Many gods of Shintoism were often portrayed as human like with emotions and able to bear children.

Silkscreen Print, 2020

15in x 11in

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