Sacred kernels of life
A painting of three corn maidens is depicted with reverance by Hopi artist Milland Lomakema. It shows the traditional symbol of their most basic food item, corn.
His painting inspired my Following the Masters this month. The theme for this challenge is western art.
Using the three corn maidens, I made a zentangle mandela:
A few years ago I was fortunate to attend some native corn dances at the summer solstice held by the Zuni tribe.
Dancers carried ears of corn as they made a procession through the village.
Some sprinkled maize along the path as they made their way to the site where the sacred ceremonies/dances were held. The maize left a trail of white powder similar to corn meal on the path behind them.
It was stunning and very spiritual.
These dances and this tradition has been carried on for thousands of years.
I was blessed to witness it.