Ghana’s Paa Joe: The Extraordinary Coffin Maker

Paa Joe's coffins

Lion-shaped coffin at Paa Joe’s coffin shop in Teshie, outside Accra, Ghana.

Paa Joe (with family the name Joseph Ashong) is a Ghanaian figurative palanquin and fantasy coffin artist born 1947 in the region Akwapim belonging to the Ga-Adangbe people, Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Paa Joe is considered one of the most important Ghanaian coffin artist of his generation.

He was involved since 1989 in major art exhibitions in Europe, Japan, and the USA. His fantasy coffins are in the collections of many art museums worldwide, including the British Museum in London.

If Ghana is one of the leading countries in the world for Cocoa production, then Paa Joe can make cocoa pod coffin.

At 15, Paa Joe started  his ten-year apprenticeship as a coffin artist in the workshop of one called Kane Kwei (1924–1992) in Teshie. Then in 1976, he started his own business at Nungua.

Paa Joe’s experience and mastery over his works attracted a number of people to be trained as fantasy coffin artists. In 2007, he moved his workshop from Nungua to Pobiman, in the  Greater Accra region, where he still works with his two sons Jacob and Isaac. His work is now internationally known, enabling him to visit Britain in 2013.

The sculptor and artist: Joseph Ashong (Paa Joe)

 

Paa Joe’s sculpted coffins blur the line between art and craft. Each work is carefully constructed to reflect the ambition or the trade of the person for whom it was made. They are not dead things but are instead a manifestation of and indeed an affirmation of life. The works are wholly African and are a contemporary embodiment of traditional tribal burial rituals and art practice. They link back to pre-colonial West African sculpture but also recall the pomp and extravagance of ancient Egyptian royal tombs. In contemporary Western art

The works are wholly African and are a contemporary embodiment of traditional tribal burial rituals and art practice. They link back to pre-colonial West African sculpture but also recall the pomp and extravagance of ancient Egyptian royal tombs. In contemporary Western art practice, the coffins recall Jeff Koons.

They too are kitsch – Paa Joe, like Koons, plays with scale and with a work like the Jet, with material and commercial ostentation. The foremost sculpted coffin maker of his generation, Paa Joe apprenticed with Kane Kwei – who is credited with beginning the 20th-century tradition of figurative coffins. Paa Joe’s work is held in museum collections around the world including the British Museum in London.

Why Big Pharma Killed President Dwight Eisenhower

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Original article published by: mnwelldir.org

Dear Friend,

On September 24, 1955, President Eisenhower – World War II hero and beloved president – was playing golf at his Denver home, when he suddenly collapsed from what was a rare disease at the time.

He had a heart attack.

Although nobody knew it then… and though you won’t read about it in any history book…

This was a watershed moment that would change the course of modern medicine forever.

One that would make heart disease the #1 killer of Americans – and would establish Big Pharma as America’s #1 most profitable industry.

Hi, my name is Dr. Al Sears.

The story I’m unveiling today has HUGE implications for your personal health, and that of your family.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with heart disease, you need to know the exact details of what took place.

Because this story doesn’t just tell you WHO is responsible…

It tells you WHY.

As in…

  • WHY heart disease rates have soared since 1955 – even as consumption of “heart-healthy” foods and cholesterol-lowering drugs has skyrocketed.
  • WHY you could become victim of this drug-induced tragedy – no matter your cholesterol levels or intake of fat.
  • And 100 billion reasons why Big Pharma will NEVER cure heart disease.

That’s why historian Larry Schweikart calls it “the single most important medical case of the twentieth century.”

Yet the REAL story behind it is virtually unknown.

Within 24 hours of Ike’s heart attack, special interests seized the opportunity.

They manufactured a crisis, a founding myth, and a “solution.”

They shoved this propaganda down the American public’s throat.

And in doing so, they singlehandedly sent America’s health spiraling downhill for the next six decades.

Over the next few minutes, I’ll expose this near-60-year-old Big Pharma conspiracy. I’ll name the names. I’ll track the money. And at each stage, I’ll answer the BIG question: “Who benefits?”

What’s more, I’ll reveal how you can safeguard yourself from heart disease forever with solutions that are 100 percent natural, affordable, effective, and safe.

Dwight D. Eisenhower: The War Hero Who Led the Allies to Victory on D-Day and Ultimately Won World War II

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General Eisenhower gives his famous “full victory, nothing less” speech to the U.S. Company E, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Strike) of the 101st Airborne Division the night before the D-Day invasion of France.

On June 6, 1944 – now known as D-Day – future President Dwight David Eisenhower, then supreme commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces in World War, II gave the go-ahead for a massive invasion of Europe called Operation Overlord.

He told the troops the “eyes of the world are upon you,” and called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”

Following the successful Normandy Invasion, Allied forces under Eisenhower broke the beachhead and began driving across France. In early 1945, the Allies pushed the Nazis out of France. By May 7, 1945, the Nazis formally surrendered, ending the war in Europe.

Eisenhower’s leadership and fame would win him the presidency seven years later. Many fondly remember him as “one of the last great presidents.”

But before I go into the details of this story any further—how it spun off the #1 heart disease lie, ultimately claiming Eisenhower as its first victim—please allow me to fully introduce myself.

You see, I’ve spent the last…

30 Years Fighting Big Pharma
on Behalf of My Patients

Since graduating from medical school three decades ago, I’ve worked hard to develop a different kind of practice.

One that makes the health of my patients my highest priority. Even if that means bucking the “respectable” health establishment.

The truth is, conventional medicine, for all of its genius and innovations, has failed the everyday American.

It has enriched a few corrupt government bureaucrats and their crony CEOs at the expense of your health.

And it’s done so under the cover of clever marketing disguised as “scientific research.”

That’s why I help my patients read between the lines and open the curtains on Big Pharma’s façade.

And there’s NO bigger lie than the heart disease myth I’m debunking today.

Dr. George Mann, a lead researcher in the legendary Framingham Heart Study, called it, “the greatest scam in the history of medicine.”

It’s a lie developed by junk science, advertised by corporate interests, and rubber stamped by bought-off politicians.

And it only remains a “fact” because it supports Big Pharma’s $100 billion a year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

President Eisenhower was the first victim of this grand conspiracy.

And it didn’t stop there.

Since then, it’s claimed the lives of 950,000 Americans every year – adding up to millions over the last few decades.

Odds are, you or somebody you know or love is a victim of it too.

But the good news is, it does NOT have to be that way.

Dr. Al Sears, M.D.
Uniquely Qualified to Keep You
Healthier For Life

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Dr. Al Sears, M.D. currently owns and operates a successful integrative medicine and anti-aging clinic in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, with over 25,000 patients. His cutting-edge therapies and reputation for solving some of the most difficult-to-diagnose cases attract patients from around the world.

As a graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Sears scored in the 99th percentile on his MCAT and graduated with honors in Internal Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Physical Medicine.

After entering private practice, Dr. Sears was one of the first to be board-certified in anti-aging medicine. As a pioneer in this new field of medicine, he is an avid researcher, published author, and enthusiastic lecturer. He is the first doctor licensed in the U.S. to administer TA-65, the most important breakthrough in anti-aging medicine today.

There are alternative therapies you can use to prevent and EVEN reverse heart disease – without expensive drugs, procedures, or even doctor visits.

There are safe treatments that could forever rid your body of heart disease. Treatments you can apply from home, for pennies on the dollar.

But they’re natural, so Big Pharma can’t patent them.

That’s why they do NOT want you to hear about them.

In just a moment, I’ll share with you the shocking details of nine censored heart solutions … where you can find them at your local grocery, health food store, or pharmacy… and how you can begin using them TODAY.

If you’re one of 70 percent of Americans suffering with some form of heart disease, I urge you to read on for the details.

What you’re about to see could save you a fortune on insanely expensive heart procedures.

Conventional therapies like…

  • A $1,500-a-pop statin (cholesterol-lowering) drug prescription…
  • A $40,000 coronary stent…
  • A $200,000 (or more) coronary bypass surgery…

These so-called “therapies” not only put your life at risk…

They could also deplete or even wipe out your retirement savings – even if you have health insurance or Medicare. (According to CNBC, medical bills are America’s #1 cause of bankruptcy, with 1.7 million Americans going bankrupt every year. And procedures like open heart surgery are some of the most expensive out there.)

And the worst part is, it’s all for nothing.

Did you know, for instance, that 85 percent of heart bypass surgeries are unnecessary?

Yet specialists love them because they can cost $200,000 (or more). Not a bad payday.

And the statin drug guidelines are so broad, almost 95 percent of new users are being prescribed drugs they don’t need.

 

President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower

President Eisenhower warns the American public as he leaves office on January 17, 1961

You’ve likely heard about Eisenhower’s famous farewell address, and his warning of the “undue influence warranted by the military-industrial complex.”

Eisenhower was no stranger to the dangers of monopoly corporations pulling the strings of government to increase their power and influence.

What made the military-industrial complex all the more dangerous was its ability to manufacture enemies and crises – which then stirs the American public into a war frenzy, leading to greater war spending and profits.

Big Pharma – the “medical industrial complex” – is no different. They can as easily manufacture health crises – “epidemics” that call for new drugs and therapies, which the unelected FDA then rubber-stamps.

Read full article: http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/sears/killed%20Ike.htm

UNDER THE DOWNPOUR: Oil Painting On Canvas By Leonid Afremov

DownpourColorful portrait painting – modern way to decorate your room

When we hear the word portrait, we imagine magnificent pictures of historical figures painted centuries ago. Keeping the noble face of a glorified political leader or great musician alive for future generations used to be the main goal of this genre – but not anymore. In our times, artists like Leonid Afremov try to find inspiration in everyday life.

An unintentionally observed scene, two strange girls in the street, a common situation repeating itself over and over again as long as the world exists – but the artist’s vivid imagination is capable of depicting it in fantastically bright colors and making it meaningful and dear to our hearts. Light up your room with this cheerful portrait painting sparkling with all shades of the spectrum!

Friendship under umbrella

It’s no secret that Leonid Afremov is fascinated by the rain. But we can rarely see it so bright and vigorous on his paintings! The rain is falling down in colorful streams painted with quick large strokes densely covering the entire canvas. Surrounded by these rainbow-colored cascades of water, the two heroines of the picture are walking barefoot under the same umbrella admiring the beauty of smeared reflections on the wet asphalt. Who are they? Old friends coming back from school?

Two sisters taking a walk together? Or maybe they just met a few minutes ago because one of them was too absent-minded to take her umbrella and the other was too kind-hearted not to offer hers? We don’t know, but they both seem to be rather delighted by this pastime. The girl on the left is painted in warm yellow shades, while the girl on the right with cold blue ones. If you look at the sidewalk on both sides, you’ll see that their silhouettes divide the canvas in two color zones.

The faces of the girls are blurred and we can’t see their expressions, but we can easily guess their mood in every centimeter of the painting. Bright, emotional and full of life, this portrait will light up the walls of your room and give it a new colorful look!

Who might be interested in buying it?

http://afremov.com/UNDER-THE-DOWNPOUR-PALETTE-KNIFE-Oil-Painting-On-Canvas-By-Leonid-Afremov-Size-24-x30.html