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The Supremacy of Izanami
Oil on canvas

Izinagi and Izanami is the story of the greatest Kami of japanese deities, the creators and shapers of the world. It is the myth of death, resurrection, betrayal, supremacy, vengeance, the murderer and the life giver, a life for a death.
Izinagi couldn't bear the loss of his beloved Izinami, and decides to bring her back from the land of Yomi, the underworld. Like Persephone, Izanimi had eaten the fruit of hell, and her fate turned into eternal residency between the arms of flames. Relentless, Izanagi urges Izanimi to negotiate with the deities of the underworld. She agrees, but forbids Izanagi from laying eyes on her while he waits. which he couldn't. And what he saw, was the vision of horror, her beloved and beautiful goddess life a corpse, a decaying and horrifying body.
Furious, Izanami calls on the hags of hell. These demons pursue the fleeing Izanagi, who throws seeds behind him as he runs. These seeds grow into grape trees and other plants as soon as they hit the ground, distracting the hags. To shake off his pursuers, Izanagi also tosses peaches, which in ancient Japan were thought to possess a mystical power. Izanagi escapes through the gates of Yomi and seals the passage with a giant boulder before Izanami can reach him. Speaking through the rock, Izanami curses her husband, promising to kill a thousand souls every day until the end of time. Izanagi counters by pledging to have 1,500 newborns enter the world every day.
And thus, the cycle of life began.

The Supremacy of Izanami

1 700,00 €Prix
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