The Witch Doctor

July 12th, 2010 | Posted by nicarius in Exhibitions/Shows | Paintings
The Witch Doctor - by Nico Whittaker

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“The Witch Doctor”

Mixed Media, 4′ x 4′.

This is the piece I submitted to the “Black & White Show”.

The original title was “The Shaman” since the painting is about a Shaman performing a healing. The feather represent the disease.
When I was in the Art School in Buenos Aires years ago, I was very interested in Precolumbian Art.
We did extensive research on the subject and my group’s thesis was specifically about Precolumbian Cultures of Northwest Argentina.
Sadly I don’t have my notes, so all I know now is what I can remember, but it is a very interesting subject.

From wikipedia:

” Shamanism is an anthropological term referencing a range of beliefs and practices regarding communication with the spiritual world. A practitioner of shamanism is known as a shaman.
Shamanism encompasses the belief that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. The shaman also enters supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community. Shamans may visit other worlds/dimensions to bring guidance to misguided souls and to ameliorate illnesses of the human soul caused by foreign elements. The shaman operates primarily within the spiritual world, which in turn affects the human world. The restoration of balance results in the elimination of the ailment.”

More info here

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