Friday, 30 January 2009
10.11.08 Mbari (2)
Igwekala (spirit) with dog – is a messenger from the gods who used the dog as an agent (the dog is an ‘aware’ animal and in a lot of mythology). The dog acts as an intermediary between the diviner and the people.
The Evil spirit with cloven hooves – prevents messages between the god of the messages (Igwekala) and the diviner.
Amuma (Lightening) – Amuma is a god with two heads in hands and at knees.
The central chamber was used by the artists to stay in whilst they were building the Mbari, after which time the spirit (Amuma) on the side of the chamber may take on the spirit of a person who dies, and then their role is to protect the shrine [From the field research there may be some confusion here as usually the central chamber is where the main god/goddess resides, in this case Ala, and only the High Priest is allowed into this chamber].