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Shipiba Close up. Painting with natural dyes

Scanned from a 6x6 transparency from the year 1970 I quote Howard G. Charing :
The main figures in the Shipibo designs are the square, the rhombus, the octagon, and the cross. The symmetry of the patterns emanating from the centre (which is our world) is a representation of the outer and inner worlds, a map of the cosmos. The cross represents the Southern Cross constellation which dominates the night sky and divides the cosmos into four quadrants, the intersection of the arms of the cross is the centre of the universe, and becomes the cosmic cross. The cosmic cross represents the eternal spirit of a person and the union of the masculine and feminine principles the very cycle of life and death

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Lima, Peru

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  • Uploaded on June 18, 2012
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    by Eva Lewitus