Black Relic Watch

black relic watch
  • Make black, esp. by the application of black polish
  • the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
  • being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light; "black leather jackets"; "as black as coal"; "rich black soil"
  • blacken: make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"
  • Make (one's face, hands, and other visible parts of one's body) black with polish or makeup, so as not to be seen at night or, esp. formerly, to play the role of a black person in a musical show, play, or movie
  • A part of a deceased holy person's body or belongings kept as an object of reverence
  • an antiquity that has survived from the distant past
  • An object surviving from an earlier time, esp. one of historical or sentimental interest
  • An object, custom, or belief that has survived from an earlier time but is now outmoded
  • keepsake: something of sentimental value
  • A relic is an object or a personal item of religious significance, carefully preserved with an air of veneration as a tangible memorial. Relics are an important aspect of some forms of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Shamanism, and many other religions.
  • Look at or observe attentively, typically over a period of time
  • Keep under careful or protective observation
  • Secretly follow or spy on
  • look attentively; "watch a basketball game"
  • a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty
  • a small portable timepiece

Punu, Gabon 029 #950
Punu, Gabon  029   #950
PUNU (APONO, BAPUNU, MPONGWE, PUONOU, PUNO) Gabon The Punu reside on the left bank of the Upper Ngoume River (Gabon) and belong to the group of tribes known as Shira which were originally part of the Luango kingdom of Angola. With the Eshira, the Lumbo, the Vili, the Galoa, and the Vungu people, the Punu migrated northwards during the 18th century and settled in the area where they continue to inhabit to this day. They live in independent villages divided into clans and families, and social cohesion is ensured by a society known as moukouji. Its primary role is to regulate community life with regards to social and judicial matters, and mainly it applies itself to the neutralization of evil forces. To this end, officiates of moukoudji utilize a cult kit that includes statuettes, human relics and masks. Punu masks represent idealized female ancestors' faces. The white color of the mask is genderless; white is a symbol for peace, deities, spirits of the dead, and the afterlife. It is thus the predominating color in funeral celebrations and memorials. Therefore the masks were worn during funerals. They appeared also in the magical rites whose function was to unmask sorcerers. The masks have realistic, mostly white but sometimes black faces with protruding pursed lips, globular protruding eyes incised with a curve, high-domed foreheads, and characteristic rigid high coiffures reflecting the Punu women's hair styles. The masks often have an Oriental expression, but no such influence has been established. Many Punu masks can be recognized by raised diamond-shape scarification marks on the foreheads and temples. The scarification marks on the temples are thought to be associated either with a female ancestor, or with a southern sub-group of the Punu tribe. Black face-masks have exactly the same stylistic characteristics as the white masks, but they are believed to have a judiciary function and help identify sorcerers. The performances of the masks are nowadays intended primarily to entertain audiences on festive occasions. Only rarely do the masqueraders fulfill a ritual function of officiating at funerals, when they dance as embodiments of the ancestor spirits. In performances the dancers, wearing costumes of raffia or cotton fabric and animal pelts, move with amazing acrobatic agility on stilts up to six and a half feet in height. The Punu also carve standing reliquary figures, which watch over the bones of the deceased. Punu artists carved also amulets and everyday objects showing faces similar to those found on masks. It is thought they were used as prestige objects, during magical ceremonies, or were kept alongside the ancestral bones in a reliquary box.
Day 885 - Day 155
Day 885 - Day 155
Lifetime Dream # 152 of my list of 155: I will tour through the Titanic Museum, looking through all of the relics of a story that truly inspired and moved me. I will walk through the same steps as the passengers on the fated ship of 1912. Completed On: November 13, 2010 As a child I was fascinated by the story of the Titanic… way before they found the ship. I remember reading stories and true fact books about the story behind all of the knowns and unknowns… myths and realities. I’m still saddened by it. When Dr. Ballard found the Titanic, I watched the National Geographic special over and over and over. In the Fall of 2010 I was able to go through the Titanic artifact museum in Las Vegas. It was laid out wonderfully and it was a really detailed. They had pieces of the hull on display, and of course artifacts from the bottom of the ocean like plates and bowls, etc. One of the best museums I have been to, and really- it brought a lot of closure to such a lifelong story I have been so passionate about!

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