Proud Black Mary

The Black Madonna can be found thoughout the world especially in Europe, but also in India, America and of course Africa. The Black Madonna represents motherhood, Mother Earth, Life, Death and Lady Wisdom(referred to in the Biblical book of Proverbs). The Black Madonna’s lap represents nurturing which is why many of her depictions show Jesus on her lap. Furthermore, she is a mother to the oppressed, marginalized and the poor which is best shown in the story of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Sadly many of these Black Momas were buried, hidden in the basements of churches and cathedrals or even “whitened”- ironically when they were whitened many European Christians would demand that she be painted black again. Some say Black Madonnas were blackened by candles burning nearby but some religious scholars attribute this theory to racism. There is proof that many Black Madonnas were created to be Black, but as the transatlantic slave trade picked up the Black Madonna was made in a white image so that European Christians could enslave, rape and dehumanize the Black woman without guilt. Today an interest in the Black Madonna has reemerged and my hope is that this will inspire Black women to look to the Black Madonna as a divine mirror reflecting the dignity, natural beauty, wisdom, love and power that we should display as Black women.

For more information on the Black Madonna read:

Return of the Black Madonna by Rev. Matthew Fox, Ph. D

Interfaith Marian Pilgrimages- The Black Madonna

The Magnificat or Song of Mary Luke 1: 46-55

20120808-115656.jpg

20120808-115730.jpg

20120808-115736.jpg

20120808-115722.jpg

20120808-120146.jpg

20120808-120201.jpg

20120808-120219.jpg

20120808-120236.jpg

20120808-120243.jpg

20120808-120247.jpg

20120808-120253.jpg

20120808-120300.jpg

20120808-120312.jpg

20120808-120319.jpg

20120808-120325.jpg

20120808-120330.jpg

20120808-120335.jpg

20120808-120341.jpg

20120808-120347.jpg

20120808-120355.jpg

20120808-121412.jpg

20120808-121501.jpg

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “Proud Black Mary

  1. Pingback: Madonna and Child in Art « Dispensable Thoughts

  2. Pingback: Rock tha’ Gift, Gabby: We’ll All Rock it Withya | Black Write & Read

  3. Pingback: Proud Black Mary | Black Love and Unity

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s