Because I can’t stop contemplating on this — a diamond variation of the #BaKongo
cosmogram on the floor of the First Baptist Church of Savannah, GA, c. 1855
As this church served as a #safehouse
on the #UndergroundRailroad
, these holes were bored into the floor as air vents for the runaways who hid under the floorboards.
cosmogram encapsulated the #Kongo
worldview in which the dynamism of cyclical change, the endless nature of creation and renewal, and the interdependent nature of living and dead, matter and spirit, were graphically encoded into a sacred astronomy that traced the sun’s path through the sky, encircling the four cardinal directions. Aesthetically, dikenga may appear as any variation of a #cross
with quadrants, #spirals
, and five pointed #stars
To abscond slavey was to throw oneself into the flow of dikenga’s certain and sure cycles of change and transition towards expanded spiritual perception, awareness, and maturity — as navigating fugitives relied upon their “second sight” to make the journey.
ancestors all across the Americas graphically inscribed a moral universe and ethical compass of symbols that still offer the weary traveler a roadmap for navigating an #antiblack
These ruminations inspired by Dr. Dianne Stewart’s presentation at #SBLAAR18