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Ancestral Anaconda

Posted on: December 3rd, 2020 by Vannessa Circe | No Comments
Ancestral Anaconda

Ancestral Anaconda

Ancestral anaconda
36″ x 48″ – Oil on Canvas
July 2020
Tribes in the Colombian, Ecuadorian, Peruvian, Bolivian and parts of the Brazilian Amazon refer to the Anaconda as the “Mother of Water,” or “Yakumama” in Quechua. The shape of the body of the Anaconda forms the extensive Amazon river basin, and the water, in various ways, is seen as a giver of life for these communities. Depending on the tribe, the Anaconda (which is the world’s largest snake at around 30 feet in length and 500 pounds in weight ) can represent an originator of all life and a connection to the cosmos, or a god specifically of fertility, language, protection or strength.
For many Amazonian tribes concentrated in my home country of Colombia, the Anaconda is believed to be born from the Milky Way. It descends from the Cosmos, forming the Amazon river and its tributaries. From its mouth, life, communities and language are born.
I represent this legend here through a depiction of the milky way galaxy, a powerful Anaconda descending from the cosmos and forming the Amazon river basin, and a waterfall coming from its mouth as its tongue, giving birth to the living and speaking world.
⚡This painting is featured on The Solutions Journal Article “Colombia’s Dynamic Rivers: Integrated Interpretations and the Rights of Nature”!

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