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Psychopomp


United States

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Size: 24 H x 16 W x 0.3 in

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Painting: Acrylic on Wood.

"Psychopomp", 2013, acrylic on MDF

The "psychopomp", or spirit guide, who supports and instructs the spirits of the newly dead, occurs in many cultures and in many religions. In classical Greek myth, it was Hermes who guided the spirits of the dead; in Egypt it was jackal-headed Anubis; for the Aztecs is was dog-headed Xolotl, the god of lightning; in voodoo, it's dapper, rum-drinking Papa Ghede. The psychopomp could also take the form of an animal, such as the whippoorwill in rural America, or the vulture in Zoroastrianism; in many parts of Europe, it is the owl who calls out the spirit and leads it to its final home.

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Keywords: owl, religion, bird, spirit, Psychopomp, death, animal, folklore, guide, legend, mortality

Subjects: Animal

Styles: Illustration, Surrealism, Folk

Mediums: Acrylic

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