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Alusi of the Odinani by Odyism Alusi of the Odinani by Odyism
Same old things as before, just with more contrast and all together.
They're really made and intended to be viewed as all four together. so I thought it was important to reupload them~

*done with Acrylics and Photoshop*
From left to right:
Anyanwu, Eye of the Sun
Ekwensu, The Trickster
Owum-Miri, Lady of the Waters (aka as Mami Wata around the world)
Amadioha, Free-Will of the People

For one of my final projects last semester, I created this game called "Phase be to God". It was basically a game all about story telling through drawing and performance. The theme that I used was Nigerian (specifically Igbo) myth, and I interpreted some of the Alusi


Alot of these are departures from their traditional imagery. Additionally, their descriptions are definitely inspired by their origins (so there is some accuracy/overlap, but some of the backstory I just made up). I kind of ~breathed in their essence~ and then ~exhaled it into the canvas~ (and I'm all about pretty much all the work I create)

Here they are separately (if you want more thorough descriptions of each):
Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
as a Nigerian I have to say this is pretty spot on, could you try doing some of the other Alusi like Njoku Ji? I also noticed you forgot the top Alusi, Ala :p she's the most important one and these are Igbo dieties
NubianWitch Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Okay, wow, this is amazing. I've been searching for more quality depictions of higher beings and deities and spirits from the peoples of the African continent, and I noticed that because the Ifa system from the Yoruba are more well-known, so is their Orisa mythology. I am so glad I found an Odinani piece 'cause the religion and the folklore of it doesn't get enough limelight! :D This gives me hope. This is a gorgeously-done piece of work here, Odyism and I'll definitely be following your work from now on.
Odyism Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional
Thankyou so much for this great comment. In general there aren't many western representations or research put into African religions and mythology. So while I may not be the most ~accurate~ artist, I think it's important to at least try to depict some of the rich stories and legends from Africa~ :] Thanks for the comment again!!
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