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Baiwa (Saltwater Spirit)

Baiwa (Saltwater Spirit)


Size: Paper Size: W1070mm x H780mm, Image Size: W595mm x H795mm

Medium: Monotype on printing paper

$1,250.00 (Incl GST)

In this works, I have portrayed the Baiwa.

Baiwa is the saltwater spirit, in this image it is seen with the charms hanging from it. Before time the young men of Badhu would perform ceremonies, they would chant and dance to awaken the Baiwa.

The Baiwa would then come in the form of a water sprout bringing the fish to the shallows and the young men with their Weriss (Fish Scoops) would then scoop up the fishes, all the while still chanting and performing this ritual.

Tom Baira