Jesus appoints the twelve

This is the story of Jesus appointing the twelve as told in the Gospel of Mark: Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive … Continue reading Jesus appoints the twelve

John the Baptist, African Style

John the Baptist - Jesus Mafa This painting illustrates the beginning of the Jesus story, where John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, warning the people of Judea and Jerusalem that God was coming soon. John was said to wear clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, in the way of the … Continue reading John the Baptist, African Style

Christian Art, Zaire Style

How do you like this image? I know nothing about this image other than its supposed origins in Zaire. I also know next to nothing about the history of Christianity in Zaire. Are there any Africans out there that can enlighten me? It is a very colourful and thought provoking image so anything you can … Continue reading Christian Art, Zaire Style

Voodoo, Yahoo and Nigerian Scams

According to New Scientist, Joshua Oyeniyi Aransiola, a sociologist at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife has the inside scoop on the Nigerian email scammers and it turns out their secret to success is voodoo:  Those unfamiliar with Nigerian culture might find one of the study's findings particularly surprising - scammers make regular use of voodoo. As … Continue reading Voodoo, Yahoo and Nigerian Scams

Penis snatch witchcraft panic hits Congo

I wonder what Freud would say about this latest religious news. Journalists have reported that "Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft." I can see the US rumours now, "Watch … Continue reading Penis snatch witchcraft panic hits Congo

Ethopian Orthodox Christian Art – Virgin and Child

Anonymous painter. Triptych with Virgin and Child Flanked by archangels, scenes from the life of Christ, apostles and Saint George and Saint Mercurius. Ethiopia (Gojjam?), late 17th century. Tempera on panel. 14 78 x 4 5/16 inches left; 15 1/8 x 9 inches center; 15 1/16 x 4 7/16 inches right. 36.7 museum purchased, the … Continue reading Ethopian Orthodox Christian Art – Virgin and Child