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These African Deities Are The Best Gods You’ve Never Heard Of

Move over Odin, Ra, and Zeus, there’s a new really old pantheon in town. Using photo-manipulation, artist James C. Lewis makes us wonder why the Orishas don’t have their own comic book series.

When asked about his inspiration for the set, Lewis had this to say:

Throughout my formal education from elementary up through college I never heard tale of African deities. A little over a month ago I began to research online to find information in regards to the gods & goddesses of Africa. To my surprise there were many, however the ones that stood out the most were the deities of Nigeria and Benin, West Africa which they referred to as Orishas.

I wanted to portray the regal beauty of each Orisha while also representing their majestic sensuality. Each iconic depiction was rendered to lend strength to our resilience as a great race of people and to show our youth that they are beautiful, bold and brilliant just they way God created them to be. […] each Orisha’s name is written in the Yoruba dialect and captures imagery of powerful men, women & children of various complexions who are all of African descent.

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