IMAGE & POEM (FEBRUARY 2009)

About Ekao

This beautiful portrayal of female beauty in both a tribal and vulnerable sense by Marie-France, inspired me to write a poem about an earth goddess from the Nigeria region..

Ekao is the Virgin female in East African belief; part myth, part religion, who fell from the sky and bore a son who married another woman. They in return, founded human society. Yet, Ekao is seen as the "mother divinity", the one who inspired and helped to perpetuate the creation of life. Associated with her being, are the elements of stone, water and clay. They represent the softness, endurance and growth of life and womanhood. This invocation or prayer, is a calling for her spirit to return, heal the village both spiritually and ecologically, and revitalize the human heart with the ability to believe and dream.

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