The Ritual

Apae Mohammed Charinda

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This painting depicts a haunting scene of three witches captured in a village and surrounded by a group of local people who are pointing and mocking them. The witches are shown with their hands up, as if in surrender, as they face the wrath of the townspeople. The mood of the painting is one of chaos and tension, as the viewer can almost feel the intensity of the moment. Their body language and expressions suggest a sense of resignation, as if they know that their fate is sealed. This sense of helplessness and despair is a common theme in depictions of witches and reinforces their status as outcasts and victims.

The use of color in the painting is striking. The muted tones of the background draw the viewer's attention to the center of the piece, where the witches and villagers are situated. The witches are dressed in dark, earthy tones, while the villagers are depicted in more vibrant colors. This contrast serves to highlight the difference between the two groups and accentuates the sense of tension in the painting.

The composition of the painting is carefully crafted to draw the viewer's eye to the center of the piece. The villagers and witches are situated in the foreground, while in the distance, we see other people cooking food and eating. This contrast between the chaos of the foreground and the calmness of the background serves to underscore the intensity of the moment and adds depth to the painting. At the same time, the painting also suggests a sense of mystery and intrigue around the witches. The viewer is left to wonder what powers they may possess and what deeds they may have committed to earn the wrath of the townspeople. This ambiguity is part of what makes witches such a compelling subject in art and literature, as they represent a complex blend of fear, fascination, and otherness.

The painting invites the viewer to reflect on the themes of persecution and exclusion. The witches, who are often portrayed as outcasts and outsiders, are shown at the mercy of the townspeople, who are represented as a community of insiders. The painting serves as a reminder of the dangers of mob mentality and the harm that can be inflicted upon those who are different. 

Overall, this painting is a powerful and thought-provoking piece of art. Its striking use of color and composition draw the viewer in and invite reflection on the themes of persecution and exclusion. It is a piece that is sure to provoke conversation and inspire contemplation long after it has been hung on the wall.


Medium: Painting : oil, acrylic, ink
Themes: Handmade African Art
Support: Canvas
Type: Unique work
Framing: Not framed
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Size Guide

Centimeters (CM)

Inches (IN)

50CM x 40CM

19 11/16 in X 15 3/4 in

50CM x 50CM

19 11/16 in X 19 11/16 in

60CM x 60CM

23 5/8 in X 23 5/8 in

70CM x 50CM

27 9/16 in X 19 11/16 in

80CM x 60CM

31 1/2 in X 23 5/8 in

100CM x 80CM

39 3/8 in X 31 1/2 in

140CM x 110CM

55 1/8 in X 43 5/16 in