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Thursday, August 15, 2013

::Paying Homage::

Greetings everyone. I know, I went completely mia, not intentionally I promise. I moved out my apartment from Memphis & traveled to my new city Baton Rouge for my new found love, LSU! With that being said I could only start my post today with something of essence, great meaning, and timelessness. I felt it was a fun fact to write upon what intricate detail in which stitches us all together, culture. You may have seen, but not so much as noticed the connections between cultural garments, patterns, accessories, etc., to their true identity in history. Take heed.

These may look like another fling of trendy earrings right, wrong. These are a slight replica of something only our anscetors can really explain, The Eye of Horus. The Eye of Horus was believed to have healing and protective power, and it was used as a protective amulet. It was also used as a notation of measurement, particularly for measuring the ingredients in medicines and pigments. The symbol was divided into six parts, representing the shattering of Horus´ eye into six pieces. Each piece was associated with one of the six senses and a specific fraction. Below is a picture. Looks familiar? Try flipping the screen upside down.

I don't know how many of you have seen the movie Apocalypse, but that there, is sick!
In the movie, they emphasize the jaguar's significance to the indigenous natives and it is action packed! The main character ran for his life boyyy, anywho check it out for a deeper understanding. Quick, agile, and powerful enough to take down the largest prey in the jungle, the jaguar is the largest of the big cats in the Americas, and one of the most efficient and aggressive predators. Endowed with a spotted coat and well adapted for the jungle, hunting either in the trees or water, making it one of the few felines tolerant of water, the jaguar was, and remains, revered among the indegenous  Americans who live closely with the jaguar.
Looks familiar? Probably not. This is a vital symbol linked to African culture. Actually, it is one elite symbol in its own class. The ankh symbolized the spring from which flowed divine virtues and the elixir of immortality. Therefore to hold the ankh was to drink from the well of life. Its meaning represents aspects of life itself, such as "zest for life", "eternal life", or "future life". The reason for this interpretation is because the loop is the perfect symbol having neither a beginning nor end and stands for the soul which is eternal because it has sprung from the spiritual essence of the Egyptian gods. In addition, the ankh was associated with water, the sustainer of all life. It was nicknamed the Key of The Nile.


Above are other cultural inspired pieces. Do a little digging for yourself, and see what they mean. It is one thing to wear something, but one gets a different vibe and connection when wearing not only the item, but its purpose as well. Symbolism is everywhere, it is too coded, intentionally. Wake up to the meanings and messages around you, its time to decode.

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