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La cosmovisión de los indígenas canarios

Por Miguel Ángel Martín Las antiguas sociedades canarias se ajustaron rigurosamente al ritmo cíclico que les imponía la naturaleza creando numerosas efemérides basadas en los movimientos del Sol, la Luna y las estrellas para regular las actividades o los rituales. Sus calendarios consistían en verdaderas dataciones de acontecimientos naturales de carácter astronómicos.Los fenómenos atmosféricos, la sucesión del día y la noche, la aparición y la desaparición del Sol, la Luna y las estrellas provocaban una experiencia de lo sagrado. Desencadenaron toda una mitología, una cosmovisión, la celebración de rituales, la construcción de monumentos y elementos que conectaran lo terrenal con lo celestial y así dar un sentido unitario al mundo.La contemplación del cielo fue una importante disciplina de aprendizaje. Fueron...

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Explosión de Estrellas, nueva colección Awwa art

Presentamos en esta nueva colección 12 nuevas prendas – camisetas y sudaderas - , con ilustraciones y diseños originales inspirados en la cultura y el arte indígena canario. La nueva colección ha sido diseñada con mucho cariño por Carlos Marrero con ayuda inestimable de María del Carmen Expósito que ha coordinado las prendas femeninas que presentamos.  Nuestra intención con esta nueva colección ha sido por un lado reforzar nuestra línea de camisetas inspiradas en el arte indígena, ya que este año nuestro objetivo es hacer crecer nuestro proyecto y convertirlo en un proyecto sostenible económicamente y poder darle continuidad junto a otros colaboradores. Esta nueva colección editada por Awwa Art pretende reflejar parte de esa relación especial que nuestros antepasados...

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Going backwards, moving forward.

      I have never seen so much and so many different shades of green as in the fields I am observing with the awwara I have met - and all thanks to that star Canopus of which he speaks so much, which I could still see just above the horizon. Everything I can see around me in these lands is well placed and exploited, and I am immediately aware of agricultural techniques that facilitate planting, take advantage of water and produce in abundance. “If you were not from the past, I would say that this type of agriculture is innovative”, I dared to say to the awwara, who walked ahead trying to serve as a guide to the...

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Firestones

      “Do you remember that when you met me I was carving some stone writings?” - asked the awaara, who, although being from another time, I considered to be the wisest person I had met in this world - “For I will teach you others carved by my ancestors who, as you know, are also your ancestors”. We walked a lot during the night, over slopes largely protected by the spirits, to hide from Iruene, the demon in the shape of a shaggy dog ​​that, according to the awaara, stalked us while Ayur, the moon, was in its fullness. Everything the awaara did for me was because I belonged to a future time. The temperature dropped quickly as...

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A Canopy of Stars

The first shoots of barley are starting to appear. The fields that were sown during the autumn period are, little by little, giving way to February. “Look at how green they are!” – the native awwara exclaimed when, with little encouragement, he recounted to me with passion how he felt seeing the land bear fruit – the ground fertile, like a woman. I listened at his side with the same passion. Look at that star. Can you see it?  It is already dead and even now it is moving away from us, but it is always present. It is Magné, the mother - the one that sustains the universe. The creator. I looked attentively as the star signalled to me...

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