Good Reading : July 2004
42 goodreading coffee table A bark painting depicting the ‘Lightning Man’ of north- ern Australia who, as the legendary Wala-Undayna spirit with axes growing out of his knees, moved across the land terrifying humans and other spirits. myth makers This figure, from the prow of a war canoe from the Solomon Islands, is believed to represent the ancestor who watched over warriors while they were at sea; the bird he is holding kept the boat on the right course. Wen Ch’ang, is the god of literature from Chinese mythology who was invoked for success in examinations. In a moment of despair, he threw himself into the sea, but a fish saved him. He is usually shown standing on a fish, with an inkwell and writing brush as you can see here. The leopard is held as a symbol of royal power in African Benin cosmology. At one time, leopards were sacrificed to ensure the wellbeing of the kingdom.