I wasn’t going to post anything about this video, but I am so in love with what Kanye has done here I had to say something. I’ve been watching his Power “moving painting” since it came out yesterday and I must say that I am absolutely inspired. I love what he did here…the imagery is amazing. I read another blogger’s interpretation of the power video and I wanted to add something to what she said…To read the blog post I’m speaking of, please go to Find The Pieces. In her post Alisha L. Gordon points out that the women with staffs represent Kanye’s mother and I don’t think a lot of people really got that so I have to say brilliant observation because I absolutely agree. I just wanted to add something….so here goes:
The women with staffs: In Egyptian mythology there was a goddess by the name of Hathor …she was the goddess of motherhood, joy, love, sky, beauty, and music. Hathor was also the eye of Ra and considered his daughter, when Ra became Horus in later myth, Hathor was his mother who in myth, carried him between her horns. She is also depicted as the “Mistress of the West” in the tombs of royal and common people in ancient Egypt. I don’t know about anyone else but I can definitely see why Kanye used this as a representation of his mom. We all see our parents as representations of certain elements in our life. I thought that was really deep.
Check the story of Horus here .
The woman sitting in front of Kanye looks to be Maat who in ancient Egypt, was the concept of morality, order, law, balance, and truth. The name is translated as meaning “that which is straight”. She is depicted in other ways ( one way is as having horns like the goddess Hathor). The halo above his head with the sword in the middle was something that I was kind of lost on, but my initial interpretation of is that he is a divine being (as I believe we all are…made in his likeness and image and things like that *shrugs*) and the sword…i don’t know what to think except that it is the sword of God protecting him from his enemies. If anyone else has another interpretation, please let me know.
Honestly I see something different every time I watch his musical painting. I could go on and on with the symbolism because I have always been a little fascinated with Egyptian mythology.
This actually turned me on to Marco Brambilla who actually directed Kanye’s music painting. Check out Marco’s other works of art here . Anyway….here’s it is…watch and let me know what you think. Enjoy.