SHINIGAMI; PSYCHOPOMPS Limited Edition Print

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SHINIGAMI; PSYCHOPOMPS Limited Edition Print

55.00

psychopomp

/ˈsʌɪkə(ʊ)pɒmp/

noun

  1. (in Greek mythology) a guide of souls to the place of the dead.

    • the spiritual guide of a living person's soul.

      "a psychopomp figure who stays by her and walks in her dreams"

THIS IS SHINIGAMI; JAPANESE DEATH DEITY WHO INVITES HUMANS TOWARD DEATH THROUGH SUICIDE, SPECIFICALLY BY HANGING. SHINIGAMI IS DEPICTED AS A MUTE PAPER SELLER. IN TEXTS THE SHINIGAMI COMMUNICATES BY POSSESSING ONES THOUGHTS RATHER THHAN THROUGH SPEECH AND SO IS OFTEN DEPICTED AS HAVING WRITTEN ONTO THE PARCHMENT THEY ARE SELLING TO ENTICE THE LIVING TO DIE. THE SHINIGAMI CAN ALSO BE CONSIDERED A MOMENTO MORI; A REMINDER TO THE LIVING OF THE FLEETINGNESS OF LIFE.

THIS GICLÉE FINE ART PRINT IS A3 IN SIZE, IS A LIMITED EDITION OF 10, IS SIGNED, DATED AND NUMBERED AND COMES WITH CELLOPHANE AND BACKBOARD, READY FOR YOU TO FRAME.

SHINIGAMI WAS ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN ORIGINAL, BUT HAS NOW SOLD.


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