MANY CHILDREN OF THE SUN

The ‘Mexican Suns‘ exhibition continues and here’s a new facet: the parallels in other cultures that are part of the Caribbean mix.

David Rampersad, a University of the West Indies (UWI) executive whose hails from Trinidad & Tobago, was surprised at a sense of recognition when faced with one of the suns: a male face with a mustache. He dropped us a note which reads:

“…  My father’s family come from the kingdom of Mewar-Udaipur in Rajasthan, (India) the symbol of which is the sun.  Like a number of other families in Trinidad, we can claim decent from the sun – hence we are referred to as ‘suryavanshis’.  It is interesting to see the role the sun plays in ancient cultures and the emphasis as the wellspring of growth and fertility.”

David heads UWI’s Central Office for Regional & International Affairs, at the UWI Regional Headquarters at Mona, Jamaica.

David Rampersad with the sun that reminded him of his heritage!

David Rampersad with the sun that reminded him of his heritage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exhibition continues this week. The slideshow below will give you a glimpse of some of the other pieces from the collection lent by the Mexican Embassy in Jamaica, which collaborated with the UWI to mount the exhibition.

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Remember that while the exhibition focuses on the fascinating variety of Mexican folk art on the theme of the sun, it is mounted in honour of the centenary of Octavio Paz – the Mexican poet, philosopher and Nobel Laureate who contemplated the nature of the Mexican character and whose works included the aptly titled Sun Stone.

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