Showcasing the art and ritual of the African and African-diaspora religions




This tour explores how the phallus is represented in the context of Afro-Atlantic religions and the Western world. Through the analysis of some of the gods present in Afro-Atlantic religions it becomes apparent that some artifacts are closely related to the phallus physically, symbolically, and metaphorically.

The “Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic” online exhibition demonstrates the ontological ideas, the cultural history, the material conditions, and the aesthetic genius of Africa and its diaspora through photographs of the Afro-Atlantic Sacred Art Collection at Duke University, footage of ritual, videotaped interviews with priests, scholars, art dealers, and collectors, and “virtual online tours,” which tell stories about the deepest realities through the physical embodiments of black divinity.