“The Papillon’s Machete”

Sword, Sabre, and Machete, for Ogoun Feray! Oil and pencil on linen canvas. Copyright c. 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Oil and pencil painting for the unbreakable powerhouse, Ogoun Feray! Feray Fe! Nago Nation! Ogoun is often called Butterfly, a symbol he also accepts as an offering. His colours red and blue are great symbols of power and dominance. The flag of Haiti is of course red and blue, thanks to the power of Ogoun and the lwa, Haiti won their independence long ago! Ogoun’s sacred weapon  is the Machete, a large knife that is traditionally used for cutting unruly landscape, but it can also be used like a sword. Stainless steel Machetes have a bright, beautiful sheen to them, but the carbon steel blades are stronger, withstanding most use and abuse. Ogoun takes his machete during his possessions and he uses the blade to demonstrate that he is really in the person’s body. He can bend and point the blade on the person’s body he has possessed and they will not be hurt in any way! In many of his aspects Ogoun is a soldier, a healer, and a warrior. He is a loving husband of Erzulie Freda and known to be very fond of all women. Ogoun is syncretized with St. George, the holy spirit that slayed the dragon. The classical image of St. George slaying the dragon is used to represent Ogoun in his Petro aspect. Where there’s fire, there’s Ogoun and the Nago Nation, they love fire. Turn to Ogoun Feray to bolster your own inner strength and the inspiration to win all battles in your life!

About ErzulieRedEyesArtandSpirit

I love art, I enjoy oil painting and drawing anything I wish. Vodou is my faith and I enjoy creating artistic images of the lwa and spiritual subjects. I also paint and draw other subjects when I'm inspired! When i'm not painting and drawing I enjoy dancing, and spending time with my family. My favorite medium is Oil but I also love to work with graphite pencil, pastels, pen and ink.
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9 Responses to “The Papillon’s Machete”

  1. Video of Ogoun in the body of a vodouisant from the Societe Linto Roi:

  2. lissnup says:

    I followed a comment from another blog to find this treasure of inspiring art and words. Just want to congratulate you, and to say thank you so much for creating and sharing this. Love your style.

  3. Anastasia says:

    Love your style! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Wow, that is really good.. I used to collect knives & still have an interest. I have to admit, I don’t see too much artwork with knives & I’m glad I found your site.

    • Hello thank you! Thanx for visiting. Blades are nice to collect and its an art itself! I like Rembrandt polycolor pencils because they feel a bit smoother than Prismacolor pencils. But I had to go with Prismacolor for this drawing because they have a pencil called “Steel” and it is the exact right on colour for metal, I love it.

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