Eleguá Says EnJoy!

Eleguá says EnJoy!
(Eleguá as Eshu Anaki)

Mixed Media
Acrylic on Canvas, Reclaimed Found Frame,
Found Objects, Cowrie Shells
30” X 42”

©Tania Guerrera, 2012

This artwork is a painted Altar to honor Eleguá. Eleguá is known in the Voudun Yoruba Religion as the Orisha who is the intermediary between the Spiritual and the physical worlds. The most powerful healer, the first Shaman, holder of keys and in charge of The Paths. 

There are many “paths” or manifestations of Eleguá for example Eshu Bi, teaches the hard lessons and Eshu Anaki is Eleguá as a Woman, keeping all of the other Orishas organized and in line.

Details and close ups of the painting below. 🙂

The Pataki/Story of Elegua’s Power

Olofi, one of the three manifestations of the Supreme God, at one time was greatly ill and depressed of the situations among the universe. He grew tired and frail since he was doing so much, creating life, giving Orishas Ache and so on.

The Orishas were summoned to see if they could do anything for the great king and cure him of his dilemma. The Orishas gathered in the great hall where Olofi slumped in his throne, soon they began conversing with each other on methods for curing him.

Obatalá went first and tried to clean him with his white cloth with no effect. Orula prepared a tonic to drink and Olofi remained the same, Ozain tried an herbal rub and the great king remained the same.

Every Orisha tried to cure Olofi and they were unsuccessful.

Eleguá walked amongst the Orishas but since he was a child the Orishas out ranked him. He pulled on Yemaya’s skirt to get her attention and asked if he could try, Yemaya told him to behave and be quiet. He went to Oya and with the look she gave him, he ran to the legs of the others. He shrugged Aggayu’s pants and Aggayu told him his presence was not needed, for him to go play outside since this was a matter for the elders. Eleguá soon grew upset.

None of the Elder Orishas took him seriously.

He ran to Obatalá and asked him if he could try. Obatalá told him that his Ache was no match to heal Olofi. He told Eleguá that all the other Orishas are trying their best to do what they can for the great king.

Eleguá looked at Obatalá and told him he should be given a chance as he is an Orisha as well.

Obatalá raised his staff and ordered silence. He told the Elders to step aside and let Eleguá try and revive Olofi, all the Orishas sneered under their breath, so as to not to make Obatalá hear them, as he is a father figure and the eldest.

They quieted down but were still feeling very condescending towards Eleguá.

Eleguá walked slowly to Olofi’s throne and looked at him from head to toe. Eleguá reached into his nap sack and pulled out three types of herbs. He was always roaming the woods and he has seen Ozain work with the different herbs of the forest.

He picked out a leaf from each herb branch and placed it into the mouth of Olofi.

All the Orishas were seeing this child on the lap of Olofi and wondered how long would Obatala make this mockery last. Eleguá grabs the mouth of Olofi and manually moves it so that he can chew and swallow.

After Olofi swallowed the herbs, Eleguá takes out a feather and passes it over the body of Olofi.

After he is done, he walks off from the throne and Obatala has grief in his eyes as Olofi remained the same. All the Orishas began to talk about how Elegua’s tactics were unforgivable and he should be reprimanded for it.

After a short while a light glow began to rise from Olofi’s chest…

The light began getting brighter, brighter until the great king stood mighty tall on his throne with light so powerful all Orishas fell to their feet.

Olofi called to Eleguá and thanked him for what he had done. He asked how had he done it and Eleguá responded that he studied every part of the forest and its secrets. He has seen how every Orisha worked differently and he went on telling Olofi that none of the Orishas would let him try but Obatalá.

Olofi smiled and told Eleguá that from this day he would have virtue of opening all gates and doors and pathways.

He gave Eleguá a gold key that unlocked Olofi’s home and every door in the universe. He also blessed his feather, telling him with this feather he would be able to walk forward and backwards through time, through light and dark, through evil and good.

Olofi then proclaimed that Eleguá would be his personal messenger and that they must always count on him in all they do. If Eleguá wasn’t pleased, then their work and messages would not reach the castle. He then said that Eleguá must be the first to eat at every ceremony and the first to be prayed to. With all this said, Olofi touched his head and an inner light glowed from Eleguá.

As a kid at heart, he faced the court of Orishas and stuck out his tongue laughing. Olofi smiled at him and sent him on his way to maintain order in the crossroads of humanity and the Orishas.

Also known as:

Elegba

Elegbara

Legba

Eshu

Exu

Saint Anthony.

Offerings:

  • Smoked Fish, Hutia and Roasted Corn
  • Coconut
  • Palm Oil
  • Candy

Details of artwork

 

Eleguá says EnJoy! (Detail)

Mixed Media
Acrylic on Canvas, Reclaimed Found Frame,
Found Objects, Cowrie Shells
30” X 42”
©Tania Guerrera, 2012

 

Eleguá says EnJoy! (Detail)

 
 

http://www.portalafricanista.com/2015/02/pataki-of-elegua.html

 

Meditations Painting

 

Taino Meditations Painting
Taino Meditations Painting

 

 

Tania Guerrera©
“Meditations”
Acrylic on Canvas 1997
40″x 40″
catalog #17

This painting has a woman meditating on a lotus flower, with the phases of the moon to represent a woman’s connection to the Universe. She is encircled with a Taino Sun motif, commonly called “El Sol de Jayuya”. She sports a third eye to symbolize her spiritual inner vision. Along her center are small pearl and or moon-like circles to represent the chakras. She is strong, centered and enlightened.

This painting has been exhibited at many of my art shows including The Tunnel, NYC, GAGA, Garnerville, NY, The Frank Welles Gallery and more. It is impressive due to its size and thematic content. This image will make a powerful addition to your art collection or meditation space.
There are T-Shirts, ceramic tiles, greeting cards and many other gift items with this image for sale on my cafepress.com store.

 

 

Purity of Creation

purityofcreationwebPurity of Creation by TaniaGuerrera.com

Mixed Media Collage and Acrylic Painting,
Canvas stretched on Wood, 2005

Something to inspire us.

This is a representation of a Rasta couple. Pictures of Emperor Haile Selassie and Empress Menen are added in the collage. The idea I am imparting in this painting most of all, is to learn that when we acknowledge that God or Goddess lives within Man, as Rastas have with H.I.M. Haile Selassie, then we can learn that God/Goddess Spirit lives within us.

Allow that magnificent, healing, creative and energetic light to shine forth. Connect to the Ancestors, know that Spirit lives forever and allow the beauty of the natural world to be our medicine and nourishment.
Peace, Blessings and Joyful Meditations,

 

 

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Artist Statement

The Process

As an artist and healer I use the process of creating as a healing and meditative medium. Setting the mind free during the creative process allows us, with the right setting, to enter into altered states of awareness. In this state we can experience bliss, clarity and transcendent healing.

As a result the images, words and crafts
become power objects and spiritual medicine for the soul.

About the Images

I am inspired by people, nature and faces, earth tones and bright color combinations.  When I paint, colors become a language; they speak to me by rising emotion based memories and intellectual meanings.  Each shade, hue, combination and variation tends to generate a separate quality to the painting’s vibe. Often I cover large areas in black, which evokes a dreamlike vision. Numbers, mandalas, ancient symbols and visionary themes tend to abstractly frame the figures. 

Inspiration

In addition as a healer I am blessed to know and learn from an ever-expanding circle of teachers, family and friends who also walk the path of knowledge.

My ethnic and cultural background informs my spirit therefore you will find Taino Arawak motifs, Yoruba Orishas, Ethiopian and Rastafarian themes, MotherHood, Mary and Christ, People in Meditation, Mandalas and always the Goddess and Mother Earth.

Because of my Taino Arawak ancestry I identify with aspects of the
Shamanic Tradition and reclaim this heritage with
visionary imagery and healing work.

Stories of Taino Abuelas and African Grandmothers heard during childhood populate and reflect my inner world and manifest through my art and healing work.

Intuitive Healer

Participation in Vodoun Drumming Ceremonies, Rasta Nyahbinghi Groundations, Taino Areytos, Peruvian Shaman Led Circles, Sufi Salaat, and Buddhist Meditation meetings, have given me a wide range of cultural perspectives on spirituality, natural healing and soul upliftment.

With Yoga movement, diet, meditation, music, art, words, Reiki energy, and the study of Spirit I have recovered parts of my soul, healed spiritual wounds and joyfully experienced health, flexibility and energy.

I invite you to view my art and study with me as we stretch our bodies, expand the heart and open our minds.

Peace, Blessings and Heartfelt Meditations,

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EnJoy!