We have been talking about doing this for years!
The timing is spot on, as more people will be open to this concept than ever before….
Africa and Beyond is presenting the exhibit “Sacred Objects: Sacred Wisdom: The Art of Divination” opening Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 ] from 7:00-9:30 p.m.
The opening reception will include a short presentation, light refreshments & the admittance fee for the evening will beneﬁt www.savethechildren.org Admisssion: $25 per person.
Divination, the time-honored practice of using signs or artifacts to gain knowledge or insight into human dilemmas, has been around for millennia with rituals and techniques varying widely from region to region, culture to culture. Much African artwork is steeped in divination’s tradition of healing, crisis management, and maintaining the well-being of the community. “Sacred Objects: Sacred Wisdom” showcases seventy-ﬁve objects from more than a dozen tribes across eight countries in West Central and Southern Africa.
Just as spirit entities can speak through a diviner, they can also communicate through designated inanimate objects. The range and breadth of the pieces in the exhibit—made primarily of wood, beads, bronze, and iron—attest to their importance in daily living and the diversity of the divination process. From hakata (dice) and oracles to divination trays, spirit ﬁgures, and abodes for ancestral spirits, the objects are the vehicles through which insight, interpretation, and mediation ﬂow.
Divination encompasses some of the most important aspects of daily life. When divination is carried out, the diviner relies heavily on the aesthetics of an object to bring about changes in fortune, improved health, conﬂict resolution, etc. This is form and function taken to a higher level; an object’s design is often the reﬂection of a shared eﬀort between artists and ritual practitioners. The result is nothing short of spectacular. Sadly, the sacred wisdom, among the younger generations, is not being maintained.