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Psychopomp Painting

David Holcomb

United States

Painting, Acrylic on Wood

Size: 16 W x 24 H x 0.3 D in

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"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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Painting:Acrylic on Wood

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Size:16 W x 24 H x 0.3 D in

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Born in Montgomery, Alabama, and raised in the rural Appalachian foothills of the northeastern part of the state, my childhood was surrounded by the natural world, the rigid social and cultural traditions of the deep South, the distant rumblings of 1960's social changes, and the panoramas of human existence revealed to me through reading, music and art. Most of my adult life has been spent working as a graphic designer in Birmingham, South Florida, and Dallas -- primarily in the television industry -- where I was immersed yet another hybrid universe, a fun-house world of ego, transitory celebrity, and social manipulation. These days I live and work in a cabin on the edge of the Ozark National Forest in northwest Arkansas, decompressing.

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