Symbols used by witchdoctors and spell makers

August 30th, 2011

Symbols used by witchdoctors and spell makers

African magic has many symbols -what I am looking for are the symbols used by witch doctors and Sangomas – The practitioners are spell makers and I am wondering about the items they use when making a spell – Traditional healers and Sangomas throw the bones – do they use any symbol for love spells?

African love symbol

Love does not get lost on it’s way home

The Sankofa symbol from the Adinkra symbols is fantastic for jewellery – and all the other Adinkra symbols – they would make great jewellery – like this Men’s bangle I made for a customer.

Symbols used by witchdoctors and spell makers –  how to spell with African symbols has got me thinking about love spells in particular – do they use a specific symbol or item? – I know a Sangoma in Gauteng, perhaps he will tell? Do any of you know – would love to hear – I want to make a piece of jewellery with it – leave me a post and if I get the right symbol I may make one for you in silver as a pendant.

African Symbol for Love

August 24th, 2011

African Symbol for Love

African love symbol

Represents love – Adinkra

African love symbols are rare. The most beautiful African symbol for love is the Adinkra symbol – “Love does not get lost on it’s way home” The other very popular symbol relating to passion is the Sankofa symbol which is an African Adinkra Symbol. Love symbols are used in jewelry, on letters and tattoos. Humans seem to love representations of love – and in African music this is very obvious – in fact, in all music, love is the most widely used theme. Music from Africa is a fast growing industry – and is showing the other side of this wild continent.

The symbol for love varies widely around the world – this particular design is widely used on African textile prints by the Akan peoples. Adinkra symbols are simply the best symbols on the African continent, loved by African people. The motif appears in many African pictures and on many African music covers and Cd’s.

The African symbol for love can be found in many different types of media – African music is full of references to love – Zahara, a South African musician, has wonderful lyrics which cover the subject – not just love for another human, but divine love as well. Art is a great medium through which to express emotion through iconic symbolism – whether it is through sculpture or painting. The Arts in general – theatre, musicals and comedy are rich with African Symbolism – unfortunatly actual graphics are rare, hence the western type images are used – the “same old, same old” heart is ever popular, but as boring as all get out. Zulu love beads are one example of symbolism in craft and jewelry – and although they represent love, they are not a single, focused symbol – something I have been searching for. Anyone out there with something for me – help out here people – if you know of such a representation for African love symbols let me know.

African Tattoo pictures

January 3rd, 2011

picture of african tattoo
Bush spirit tattoo
In Africa, the warm climate and tradition allowed for minimal clothes. The operation associated with cutting and raising scars had been widespread, as tattooing was not effective on dark pigmented skin types. Scarification is a irreversible procedure intended to decorate and beatify one’s body, and was considered artistic and had cultural significance.

african picture of drum tattoo
Drum tattoo
The process involved puncturing or cutting of symbols, patterns and motifs into the higher layers of the skin area. Various methods produced different types of scarring, a few subtle, others obvious. Ash and specific organic saps were added to the wound to help make the scars a lot more visible. Scarifiction for Attractiveness Scars are thought to enhance the body, and this process for beautification by means of scarification often began during earlier childhood days, especially for young African girls. The scarring occurs in the course of traditional rituals to celebrate the start of age of puberty, the first menstrual period and childbirth. Whilst there are other reasons for the procedure of scarification, beauty was nearly always a part of the reason. African pictures of Tattoos. Tattoo Scarification on the face Scarification is also seen as a test of courage. Scarring is extremely uncomfortable, and demands tremendous personal strength. To be able to get through the practice without shouting out from distress was a sign of ones strength and courage. To have done so would certainly be humiliating.
Picture of Africa Shield Tattoo

Shield Tattoo

The quantity of scars on any persons body demonstrated ones bravery and toughness; the greater the scars a person had, the more honored he/she was within his or her group. Tattoo Scarification for Fertility Scarring is particularly valued in younger women who are marriageable age group. Tummy scars are seen as being an sign of a female’s willingness to have children. According to African culture this is considered a very attractive quality in a future spouse.The scars are also viewed as sexual, due to their tender nature. They are thought to make a woman a lot more receptive to her husband’s sexual attention. Other types of ritual mutilation had and have, nothing to do with beauty and every thing to do with the control of woman. Mutilation of the sexual parts is even now used today in many countries. The pleasure associated with having intercourse is damaged and this is intended to prevent the woman from becoming unfaithful. African Pictures make great tattoos. Tattoo Scarification for tribal and family honour. Scarring can also be a subject of family honour. The coming of age ceremony for any young male can include asking his sisters to endure a ritual beating which leaves their backs scarred and bloody. These scars will be seen as symbols of love and respect by the sisters for their brother. The young ladies put up with the ritual without indicating their own pain. This brings honor to the entire family. Tattoo Scarification for Protection Spirituality plays an important role in African culture, many Africans believe in the existence of spirits around them, good as well as wicked. Facial scarring is sometimes employed to help make a man or woman less desirable to the spirit of Death. In such cases, scarring is used as a means of protection. Ancient Art of Tattoo Scarring In keeping with Africa scarification background, scars were produced in various techniques, depending on their particular objective. Some slices were made with “Y” shaped cutters, whilst some were produced by drawing the skin upwards with fish hooks and slicing the flesh using a very sharp blade. Once the wounds were infected, they were further damaged through rubbing them using ash as well as various other natural herbs to ensure better scar tissue. The procedure extended the healing period and the outcome was a better scar or tattoo. Modern Day Scarification Scarring might be ancient, but it is not one that’s going out of fashion. Although scarification may be in not used as much as it used to be in Africa, many other individuals from around the globe have embraced the art. It seems that numerous forms of body art or body mutilation, such as piercings and so on have taken hold. The reason for scarification and tattoos in modern time are pretty much the same as they have always been. They’re are employed to decorate the body with exotic designs. Tattoos and scarring are additionally used as a ceremony of passage and a test of inner power. Once you’ve been through such painful experience, you are stronger in the face of normal life difficulties. How is scarifiaction carried out? In the old days primitive methods were used. Modern scarification happens in a well lit tattoo shops, using modern medical tools. The wounds are improved or “irritated” by putting peroxide and/or petroleum jelly on to them, and the scabs are peeled away in order to help to make the healling process lengthier thereby making the scar more pronounced. African Tattoo and scarification background The oldest tattoo was found on a mummy of Amunet, a priestess of the Goddess Hathor, from 2160-1994 BC.
The mummy’s simple tattoos were parallel lines on her arms, legs, as well as an elliptical pattern underneath the woman’s navel. Interestingly, no male mummies found in Egypt had tattoos. Historians believe these designs symbolized fertility and restoration in females. In other parts of Africa, male mummies have been found to have tattoos or imagesbelieved to be related to sun worship. In the burial place of  Seti I, going back to 1300 BC, tattoos symbolizing Neith, a Brutal battle Goddess, have been discovered on men. The very first recognized tattoo of a human being was found on Nubian female mummies, goingback to 400 BC. The tattoo image portrayed the “God associated with Sex and overseer of orgies”, Bes. Another type of earlier body ornamentation was ‘cicatrisation’ or “scarification”. The word cicatrisation is derived from the French term, cicatrices, which means ‘scar’.
This particular type of body decoration was widespread between the darker-skinned peoples of Africa. As African pictures did not show up on the dark skin of African peoples, African tattoos were not widespread, but in saying that there were and are many black folk who have beautiful picture tattoos.

African Pictures and tattoos

January 2nd, 2011
beautiful tattoo using an African symbol

Beautiful tattoo using an African symbol

African Pictures and Symbols. These African pictures make great African tattoos. To those who’ve pleasure in being African or South African, and that are pleased to do so in a quietly graceful way, the following carefully developed and thought-provoking different range of jewellery brings satisfaction.Developed around this range of African Symbols is a wonderful range of African charms.

symbol of hope and communication

No more the Dark Continent, Africa is rising to be a worldwide power. Amongst many other treasures, customs and icons distinctive to Africa as well as South Africa are being discovered. These African pictures make great African tattoos. This specific selection orbits about those symbols and traditions. We’ve employed pre-existing emblems and,excitingly, visualised and made visual, ideas that are within the lives of communities for many years. From all of these ideas and visualisations we have created items of jewellery which reveal our silent and yet deep satisfaction in being African and South African. These African pictures make great African tattoos. These kinds of African symbols are widely-used within the African Rising Range For more great African Jewelry we’ve a website along with many types of African Customs and African wedding rings and a full range of African jewellery take a glance here. Read the rest of this entry »