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Afro-Brazil’s spiritual and cultural epicenter, is based primarily on the religion of the Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin, with influences also from Central African Bantu-speaking peoples, as well as from Brazil’s indigenous people
Siddharta Gautama ("the Buddha") was the founder of Buddhism and was also an Indian prince.
Journeys to Sivad
Keina Davis Elswick
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I describe my work as urban folklore. The images meld contemporary African American urban culture and history with traditional African culture.

All of these creations are centered on an individual’s journey to Sivad. In my work, Sivad represents not only a fictitious urban village to which people travel physically, but an internal, spiritual journey to reach a higher consciousness. Each painting reflects an essential moment in an individual’s journey. Ancestor spirits, represented by blue figures or blue light, help guide these people as they travel day to day in search of Sivad.
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Ivy Walker (United States)
Hello to you all. The paintings and the colors are beautiful. I would love to see more of Elswicks work. It is amazing how these paintings seem to evolve out darkness. Thank-you.
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What are some ways we can preserve culture?
 
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