"Reframing the frames of references"
I have decided to take on the role of Pega Saya for my own. Growing up I would always love to hear the stories of Kompa Nanzi (aka Anansi). I would visualise these tales in such manner that they would play out like movie scenes in my mind. My vivid imagination to these stories became a fascination for anthropomorphism, which is the attribution of human characteristics or behaviour to an animal, object or gods.
Kompa Nanzi reminded me of my father, as Shi Maria reminded me of my mother, and since I'm the youngest child in the family I would think of myself as Pega Saya. As I was doing research for my work and went on vacation to Curacao, I was reminded of my favourite book, Kompa Nanzi. I decided to dig a little deeper into the history behind the tales and came to the realisation that much of my life can be reflected in these tales.
The behavioural aspect, the spiritual and also my frames of refrences.
Kompa Nanzi (a.ka. Anasi) is a folktale character that takes the shape of a spider and is sometimes considered to be the god of all knowledge of stories. He has the role of a trickster which is one of the most important characters of the West African, African American and the Caribbean folklore. It originated in West Africa but these tales travelled to the caribbean by the way of the Trans Atlantic Slave trade. He is married to Shi Maria and is well known for his ability to outsmart and triumph over more powerful opponents through the use of cunning, creativity and wit. Despite taking on the role of the trickster, Anansi's actions and parables often carry him as protagonist due to his ability to transform his apparent weaknesses into virtues.
Purpose > Survival
Much like an anthropologist, "Pega Saya" is looking for ways to connect the dots of what makes the structures of society as we know it now, but also how we as people are coping with our reality . She wants to question and and suggest new ways of seeing but also understanding to cope with the reality we live in.
Pega Saya Pi'e Tera in the Bon Kune card: "As di Oro, den bok'i pueblo,Spil ban Dil"
For those who knows this game, this cards then represents the mirror. Which is why Pega Saya uses this metafor to become part of the mirror and to tell parables/anectodes that serve as word for reflection.