The Life Of Michael C. Carlos Museum

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On September 2nd I took a trip to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory in Atlanta. The museum included many art exhibits from ancient cultures around the world. Including pieces from South America, Greece, and Egypt with larger exhibits as well as African and Asian cultures with smaller exhibits. In the South American exhibits the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incans were represented by their pottery. Many of the pieces had a dual purpose; one of practicality as a bowl, pot, or plate and a second as a piece of art that represented cultural and religious values. Large women representing fertility, jaguars signifying hunters and protectors, and snake representing the gods are just a few examples. One section of the exhibit that I found particularly interesting showed how handicapped or once sick but healed people were perceived and represented. In some cases people with disabilities such as blindness or scoliosis were considered to be blessed or better in tune with the gods because they were still able to navigate the world and society even with a strong disadvantage. Likewise people who were sick and survived, even if the disease left them disfigured or with lasting health issues, were seen as strong individuals that knew the secrets of healing. Many of these people became shamans or healers because it was believed that if they had the power the heal themselves, they could heal others as well. The African exhibit had pieces from mostly from modern day. The oldest piece I saw was a
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