THE SYMBOLISM OF JUSTICE IN AFRO-BRAZILIAN RELIGIONS

THE ELEMENTS OF THE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORISHA SHANGO

  • Alysson Bezerra Miranda Universidade de Lisboa
Keywords: Shango, Afro-Brazilian Religions, Symbols of Justice, Two-Sided Axe, Candomblé, Umbanda.

Abstract

During earlier historical periods, when there were high rates of illiteracy, symbols and images were intended to educate the population and reinforce political power. Therefore, the didactic and political importance of the representation of concepts made the historiography of art dedicate itself to the analysis of the symbols of Justice since immemorial times.

However, the symbols and images that are usually object of studies are those of European origin, notably Greek, Latin, and Christian.

Seeking to contribute to the study of societies on the global periphery, this article aims to analyse the symbols of Justice from the perspective of Afro-Brazilian religions. In this sense, the main object of the study is the analysis of the representation of the orisha Shango, its symbols, and characteristic elements. The choice was motivated by the fact that this orisha is, according to Yoruba mythology, the main entity responsible for the application of justice. The article also analyses the relevant role of religious syncretism in the formation of the modern image of Shango for Afro-Brazilian religions. The importance of this article lies in the fact that it brings a new perspective of the representation of Justice, based on the contact between African and Brazilian cultures.

Published
2022-12-27
How to Cite
Miranda, A. (2022). THE SYMBOLISM OF JUSTICE IN AFRO-BRAZILIAN RELIGIONS. HUMANITIES AND RIGHTS GLOBAL NETWORK JOURNAL, 4(2). https://doi.org/10.24861/2675-1038.v4i2.85
Section
Dossier Art and Law - Special Editor: Georges MARTYN