SHE-Totems

SHE-Totems

[[[Performance Triptych]]] as part of luna Loba performance series.

An exploration of shamanism, totems, and female dieties. Rituals of war, fertility, and conquest. Goddesses of the moon, war, fertility, healing, the underworld, transformation/transition. Intersection of human and beast.


Omayova // Hyena // Sacrifice for renewal.

Audio of poetry piece “Cocoon”, image of two sentinel hyenas, body performance inspired by the Hanged Man tarot card. Rope hanging from the ceiling, slowly pulled so that the knot falls apart. Necklace of nails. Red ribbon falls on the floor. Star gazer lilies on the floor. 

Hyenas are feared yet their body parts are used as talismans of fertility by various tribes and cultures throughout history. Hunting, love magic, androgynity. Omayova is the Himba word meaning “acting contrary to normal behavior”, “repellent”, “stigmatized” and “set apart”.

Research LINKS: Mikita Brockman’s Hyena // “Himba Animal Classification and the Strange Case of the Hyena” // “The Magicality of the Hyena”  // Wiki LINK.


 

Sekmet x 2 // Lioness // Power shift.

Video of two lionesses attacking a male lion. Electronic music track. Performance; feet sinking in on a platter of soil. Peeling an apple, with a knife. Eating the pieces.

Sekmet is a warrior goddess and goddess of healing. She is depicted as a lioness, the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians. It was said that her breath formed the desert. She was seen as the protector of the pharaohs and led them in warfare. Sekhmet also is a Solar deity, sometimes called the daughter of the sun god Ra. Sekhmet’s name comes from the Ancient Egyptian word “sekhem” which means “power or might”. Sekhmet’s name suits her function and means “the (one who is) powerful”. She also was given titles such as the “(One) Before Whom Evil Trembles”, “Mistress of Dread”, “Lady of Slaughter” and “She Who Mauls”. // LINK.

Video used [in mute]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWYfUZnC7FQ


   

 Ixchel // Jaguar // Awakening the warrior.

// jaguar goddess of the moon, the underworld, midwifery, and medicine in ancient Maya culture. LINK

Altar + performance with image of jaguar drinking from a river. Audio of poems from the manuscript “Hyenas”. Red blindfold. Black machete. Hits the floor, hits the floor. The warrior removes its blind, awakens, stands.

“The Jaguar’s medicine includes seeing the roads within chaos and understanding the patterns of chaos, moving without fear in the darkness, moving in unknown places, shape shifting, psychic vision, facilitating soul work, empowering oneself, reclaiming power. The Black Jaguar’s medicine includes the same as jaguar but in addition keeper of the circular time continuum, gatekeeper to the unknowable.”  // LINK