Light as a Symbol in Many Cultures

Light as a Symbol in Many Cultures


Doris Douglas


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As a workshop facilitator it is important to involve all participants in the process of engagement. The collage presented here reflects igniting lights that reflect the meanings and symbols of many cultures. The symbolism of lights goes back to pre-Judaic/Christian times. The winter solstice as well as the aurora borealis reflects hope and progress.

The lighting of candles within the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah reminds us of the perpetuity of good things to come. Other types of candle holders such as the kinara grew out of a need to bring people of African American heritage together in the concept of Harvest– not just the harvesting of crops, but the harvesting of good principles to be practiced throughout the year. The concept was developed by an African American scholar named Maulana Karenga. Of course we cannot forget the symbol of lights that symbolized the birth of Jesus Christ.

All of the materials used in making this collage are made of fabric. Some are actual fabric. Others are reproduced paper images which are transferred to fabric.

Publication Date

Spring 2023


Art and Design | Urban Studies and Planning

Light as a Symbol in Many Cultures