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Madonna of Soweto

After the previous Madonna With Twins post my curiosity was piqued about others, and after I started composing this ‘Wordless Wednesday’ article, couldn’t help but weigh in a bit. It took minimal searching to find a number of ‘Madonna and Child’ images that were close to the original artwork but I’ve been more interested in gaining an understanding on how this Holy dyad is depicted and experienced on a larger, more global level — around the world, and how it reflects those different social and sub/cultural ideas and locations. Below are some of the images I’ve come across so far — all linked to the sites where I found them, and you can continue to conduct your own research as well. Also, I don’t know enough about the figures to know why some are breastfeeding — which is what initially caught my attention about the Virgin, while others are not and what the significance of that is within the context, but I’d definitely be interested in finding out. I may do more research if I can get around to it, but in the meantime check this post often, because I may update it when I come across others — there’s a countless amount out there, and they vary even within cultures and within religions. It’s so fascinating, and such an awesome example of seeing how these are projected through each creator or on-looker’s cultural lens.

‘Black Madonna’ 1972

                                                                                                                Mambo Ezili Danto (aka Erzulie Dantor)    
                                                                                 black madonna + child via Pinterest
  Madonna and Child by David Forte                       Apache Virgin and Child
Isis/Auset and Horus                                Soup’s On Madonna and Child
                                                  Indian Madonna and Child                               By Olga Polun, 2008
                                                   African Madonna and Child.                                 Massai Madonna and Child
                                                        Country not specified.

                                                        ‘Gladys and Elizabeth’                                Moghul ‘Hennaed Madonna and Child’

Lunar Madonna                                             Virgin and Child, Ethopian
                                                         Black Madonna and Child, Nigeria                           Madre Mestiza
                                           Madonna and Baby Jesus ‘Dave’                       Black Madonna of Czestochowa
                                                  Hawaiian Madonna and Child                           Japanese Madonna and Child
                                            Philippine Madonna and Child                                  Madonna and Child of Thailand
                                                         Mali Virgin and Child                               Haitian Madonna and Child
                                    Black Madonna and Child, Tanzania                               Chinese Virgin and Christ Child
                                      Skeleton Madonna and Child                                         Zombie Madonna and Child
                                       Black Madonna by Charles Bibbs
                                        Haitian Madonna and Child                                  Madonna and Child Storm Trooper
                                         Embroidered Madonna and Child                W. African Sculpture Madonna and Child
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