TONY

ASTONE

Senior Management   88x72" digital-wallpaper, acrylic, paper, sharpie-marker (hover & scroll to zoom)

 

 

 A group of Ancient gods at a storyboard meeting on the production of our universe. There's a saying, "The camel is a horse designed by committee";

I think this sentiment perfectly fits our existence, and would certainly explain a lot.  I do not know why most peoples of the world arrived at monotheism as the answer  when it is clearly a universe that is the victim of group-think. This piece has a whole lot to read in itself, so  read through the painting first, I’ll wait……….......finished?....okay then.

 

 "Lion man of the Hohlenstein Stadela" 1. is the oligarch of the studio.  He exists in a wheelchair, much too exhausted to get involved in his surroundings, but he’s still given reverence as head of the studio.   His wife, a "Venus Figurine" 2. is behind him.  She is the true head of the studio, and will officially be named so upon her husband's death.  Horus3. (whose parents Isis and Osiris got him the job) is leading this meeting.   Anu4. behind him , sips coffee from his favorite mug.  Raijin5. and Pan6. are looking over the schedule, with a concerned expression .  While Kami7. and  Tengu8. have something to add, Horus is too pleased with his ideas to pay them any attention.  Nisroch9. sits at his draft table looking over notes and design revisions.  In the background Zeus10. is setting up a camera shot as Cronus11., grumpy in demeanor, looks over the latest script revisions.

 

Not much is known about the origins of religion or ritual.  The consensus is that it began when people started to bury their dead.  The earliest religions were thought to be animal worshipping cults, but no one really knows for sure.

 

1. "Lion man of the Hohlenstein Stadela" half man half lion statuette was the first object that archeologists found and assign religious/ritualistic significance to.  Again they admit it's impossible to tell what purpose it had, or it were just something akin to an ancient G.I.Joe figurine (no one really thinks that though they were in general only 2-4 inches tall, but no moving parts).  Since ancient peoples had not yet learned to write yet we can only guess.

 

 

 

2.Venus figurines is an umbrella term for a number of prehistoric statuettes of women portrayed with similar physical attributes from the Upper Palaeolithic between (50,000 and 10,000 years ago), mostly found in Europe, but with finds as far east as Irkutsk Oblast,Siberia, extending their distribution to much of Eurasia.  They are some of the earliest works of prehistoric art.  Most of them have small heads, wide hips, and legs that taper to a point. Various figurines exaggerate the abdomen, hips, breasts, thighs, or vulva. In contrast, arms and feet are often absent, and the head is usually small and faceless. They may have served a ritual, or symbolic or even pornographic function.

 

 

3.Horus is one of the oldest and most significant deities in ancient Egyptian religion, who was worshipped from at least the late Predynastic period through to Greco-Roman times.  He was most often depicted as a falcon, most likely a lanner orperegrine, or as a man with a falcon head.  The most commonly encountered family relationship describes Horus as the son of Isis and Osiris .[1but in another tradition Hathor is regarded as his mother and sometimes as his wife {ewwwww). Horus served many functions in the Egyptian pantheon, most notably being the god of the sun, war and protection.

 

 

 

4.Anu in Sumerian mythology, was a sky-god, the god of heaven, lord of constellations, king of gods, spirits and demons, and dwelt in the highest heavenly regions. It was believed that he had the power to judge those who had committed crimes, and that he had created the stars as soldiers to destroy the wicked.  He was one of the oldest gods in the Sumerian pantheon and part of a triad including Enlil (god of the air) and Enki (god of water). By virtue of being the first figure in a triad consisting of Anu, Enlil, and Enki (also known as Ea), Anu came to be regarded as the father and at first, king of the gods.

 

 

 

5.Raijin  is a god of lightning, thunder and storms in the Shinto religion and in Japanese mythology.  Raijin was created by the divine pair Izanami and Izanagi after the creation of Japan. There is a legend which says the eight lightning gods were charged with protection of the Dharma by the Buddha.  Due to a folk belief that Raijin is sometimes credited with eating the navels or abdomen of children, and in the event of thunder, parents traditionally tell their children to hide their navels so that they are not taken away. Raijin's companion is the demon Raiju. In Japanese art, the deity is known to challenge Fūjin, the wind god.

 

 

 

6.Pan in Greek religion and mythology, is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs.  His name originates within the Ancient Greek language, from the word paein, meaning "to pasture." He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat.  With his homeland in rustic Arcadia, he is also recognized as the god of fields, groves, and wooded glens; Pan is connected to fertility and the season of spring. The ancient Greeks also considered Pan to be the god of theatrical criticism.   Yes...there is apparently a god of theatrical criticism.

 

 

7.Kami The spirits or phenomena that are worshipped in the religion of Shinto. They are elements in nature, animals, creationary forces in the universe, as well as spirits of the revered deceased. Many Kami are considered the ancient ancestors of entire clans, and some ancestors became Kami upon their death if they were able to embody the values and virtues of Kami in life. Traditionally great or charismatic leaders like the Emperor could be kami. In Shinto, Kami are not separate from nature, but are of nature, possessing positive and negative, good and evil characteristics. Kami are believed to be “hidden” from this world, and inhabit a complementary existence that mirrors our own. Though the word Kami is translated in multiple ways, no one definition expresses its full meaning. In this way, the ambiguity of the meaning of Kami is necessary, as it conveys the ambiguous nature of Kami themselves. As Shinto is an inclusive religion, Kami has been expanded to include Buddhas and the Judeo-Christian God.

 

8.Tengu  are a type of legendary creature found in Japanese folk religion and are also considered a type of Shinto god (kami) or yōkai (supernatural beings). Although they take their name from a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou), the tengu were originally thought to take the forms of birds of prey, and they are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics. The earliest tengu were pictured with beaks, but this feature has often been humanized as an unnaturally long nose.

Buddhism long held that the tengu were disruptive demons and harbingers of war. Their image gradually softened, however, into one of protective, if still dangerous, spirits of the mountains and forests.

 

 

9.Nisroch is the Assyrian god of agriculture.  It was his  temple king Sennacherib was worshipping at when he was assassinated by his own sons in revenge for the destruction of Babylon. (2 Kings 19:37; Isa. 37:38) Some religious authors consider Nisroch to be a fallen angel, once of the order of Principalities and an associate to Belphegor. It has been written that Nisroch is chief of cuisine to the princes in Hell.  (Hell having 7 princes…so….there’s that.)

 

 

 

10.Zeus is the "Father of Gods and men" who rules the Olympians of Mount Olympus as a father rules the family according to the ancient Greek religion. He is the god of sky and thunder in Greek mythology.

Zeus is the child of Cronus and Rhea, and the youngest of his siblings. In most traditions he is married to Hera, although, at the oracle of Dodona, his consort is Dione: according to the Iliad, he is the father of Aphrodite by Dione.  He is known for his erotic escapades. These resulted in many godly and heroic offspring, including Athena, Apollo and Artemis, Hermes, Persephone ,Dionysus, Perseus, Heracles, Helen of Troy,Minos, and the Muses  Hera, he is usually said to have fathered Ares, Hebe and Hephaestus.

 

 

11.Cronus was the leader and the youngest of the first generation of Titans, divine descendant of Uranus, the sky and Gaia, the earth. He overthrew his father and ruled during the mythological Golden Age, until he was overthrown by his own son Zeus and imprisoned in Tartarus.

Cronus, usually depicted a sickle, which was the instrument he used to castrate and depose Uranus, his father.