[gif description] cogsworth and lumiere from the animated film, “the beauty and the beast”. cogsworth is a man’s soul trapped inside a clock with a circular disk face and a rectangular body. lumiere is a soul trapped inside a candle with a long rectangular face and a long rectangular body. he has twin candles for arms and hands.

so uhhh pretty sure disney appropriated cogsworth and lumiere from akuaba dolls

[image description] Fante Akuaba doll the same color as lumiere, his hair is the same shape as the tuft of hair on this akuaba doll and his face is the same rectangular shape. he has the same diamonds on the bottom, the same drip of candle wax on his head as the akuaba’s shape, and the same vertically curved eyebrows.

[image description]: another Fante Akuaba doll with twins. you can kind of see how disney got the idea for twin candle hands from this photo.

[image description]: Ashante Akuaba doll with a disk-shaped head and flat rectangular body.

i think they mismatched and appropriated african spiritualities - mocking and purposefully misinterpreting african spiritualities

Europeans made up the concept of fetishism during colonization and imperialism - misinterpreting this idea that African ceremonial objects trap human souls in them

some history on fetishism from wikipedia: (pretty racist language, which further emphasizes the racism of african anthropologists)

Initially, the Portuguese developed the concept of fetishism to refer to the objects used in religious cults by West African natives.{The Open University} Contemporary Portuguese feitiço translates as more neutral charm, enchantment, juju or abracadabra, or more potentially offensive witchcraft, witchery, conjuration or bewitchment.

The concept was popularized in Europe circa 1757, when Charles de Brosses used it in comparing West African religion to the magical aspects of ancient Egyptian religion. Later, Auguste Comte employed the concept in his theory of the evolution of religion, wherein he posited fetishism as the earliest (most primitive) stage, followed by polytheism and monotheism.That said, ethnography and anthropology would nonetheless classify some artifacts of monotheistic religions as fetishes. For example, the Holy Cross and the consecrated host or tokens of communion found in some forms of Christianity (a monotheistic religion), are here regarded as examples of fetishism.

The theory of fetishism was consecrated at the end of the eighteenth-century by G.W.F Hegel in Lectures on the Philosophy of History. According to Hegel, Africans were incapable of abstract thought, their ideas and actions were governed by impulse, and therefore a fetish object could be anything that then was arbitrarily imbued with imaginary powers.[5]

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Tylor and McLennan, historians of religion, held that the concept of fetishism fostered a shift of attention away from the relationship between people and God, to focus instead on a relationship between people and material objects, and that this, in turn, allowed for the establishment of false models of causality for natural events. This they saw as a central problem historically and sociologically.

Throughout Africa, sculptural objects provided local habitation for spiritual personalities.  a nkisi (plural minkisi) is a sculptural object from the BaKongo people of western Zaire that provides a local habitation for a spiritual personality. Though some minkisi have always been anthropomorphic, they are probably much less naturalistic than Europeans imagine. Europeans often called nkisi “fetishes” and sometimes “idols" because of they are sometimes rendered in human form. Modern anthropology has generally referred to these objects as either "power objects" or "charms."

The appropriation of Akuaba dolls as fetishes is definitely a falsification, because Akuaba dolls do not trap human souls. They give fertility and good luck and health to babies.

then they appropriated the image of a woman with the luminous magic wand from Kemetic goddess Seshat

[image description] enchantress from beauty and the beast with a starry crown holding a wand out to the side

[image description]: shows enchantress tapping her starry crown and luminating it

[image description]: Seshat, goddess of writing from Kemet carved into the Luxor Temple with her Safekh-Aubi - a wand with a star on top of it raised from her head  that represents the source of all creative ideas and she holds a long pen out to the side. 

i think it’s interesting how the only powerful women in european stories are witches. witches are described as old repulsive haggardly women disguised as beautiful enchantresses. it paints all women as deceptive and also mocks African spirituality and the power of African women in African spirituality.

the whole story of beauty and the beast is a blue eyed prince is cursed to be a brown a wildebeest who no one can love. he must marry a white woman and break his curse of being a beast before he turns 21. so he kidnaps this white woman called belle and abuses her until she falls in love with his hyper masculine self. 

(allusion to the curse of Ham? allusion to reverse racism/reverse kidnapping and slavery - talking about slavery like it’s a personal curse as punishment for being “vain” and “mean” earlier)

all the servants in the prince’s house are cursed with him to become fetishes until he marries white. and you can see the fetishization of women in the characters they play. Mrs. Pots plays a mammy character, Wardrobe plays a sapphire trope, and Babette plays a Jezebel with a big brown butt who is constantly getting raped and saying “No” in a strong accent - dehumanization and exotification

wildebeest - the name wildebeest like tazmanian devil is a way of naming african animals and africa as beastly, wild, and devilish. - wildebeests are actually an antelope but they made the dude have a wildebeest face with the teeth of a lion and the body of a bear. they also make wildebeests major characters in tarzan and the lion king.

imageThat’s an interesting theory, but I think cogsworth is supposed to be a simple  clock. You know, like this one. image

Where as  lumiere is supposed to be a simple candle similar to this one.


image You’re looking far to into things dude, while Disney does have a past of being racist I do not think that this is a great example of it! It really seems like you’re grasping for straws here. Also, no ‘marrying a white woman’ is now how the curse was going to be broken. It had to be broken in one way, and that way ‘”was to learn to love another and earn her love in return before the last petal from his enchanted rose fell, which would bloom until his twenty-first birthday.

As for powerful females in European literature being only evil witches? That’s wrong too. The Greeks had female gods, which you could read about here. Gods that people worshiped- by the way. Or how about the Amazonian warriors? I’m pretty sure they’re not witches either. You really seem to be grasping at straws here in general to be upset at something, and honestly I just think you’re looking at the wrong places.


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