Museums of the west have been hoarding all kinds of African artifacts of past and present expressions. Many of these artwork represent spiritual intepretations that manifest themselves in material information of their respective culture. Not only that, enough deal with such things as balance or justice in their communities. There is a whole collection of essays and exhibits mostly of Southern Africa. http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/oracle/figures09.html This links to Congo regional works. BTW what happen to the Candomble thread I wanted to add some more detail to it. If you catched the audio file included in the story, the African Brazilian priest states translated that its the *ONLY* religion that was founded and resided by women in the world today. So I would think it deserves a place within this forum otherwise again it just go to the wayside like many African views never to reach the ears of the hearer and searcher on the matter. Oh well. Much of African derived spiritual tendency follow the basis of something like this... Either the spirits come to you (attraction) and manifest themselves as ....(in your body as a dwelling) or you have to call the spirits (searcher with an approved method or link) and use them with some degree of control (master). Interesting to say the least. This isn't text in the form of hierglyphics but this is visual display expressing the same.