Friday, 30 January 2009
10.11.08 Mbari (2) Ministry of Arts and Culture
This Mbari is built in honour of the goddess Ala. She is holding a Yam (famine/food) in one hand to bless the harvest and bring fertility, and she holds a knife in the other hand, which usually signifies strength. The coils around the ankles and wrists denote a Queen or deity.
God of War (Amadioha, or god of Thunder) is always followed by a begging wife, Ehehe and the Ram ( his messenger). The expression of this varies with each artist - see the previous image of Amadioha in Mbari 1.
The Python is the messenger of Ala and here is also depicted Nworie, the rain deity, and crocodile which is associated with water.
The Chimpanzee is considered to be evil and is the Igbo forest monkey called Ozodwigba.