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I was inspired to build a sculpture based on this sculpture I saw in [http://www.museon.nl/ Museon] in The Hague.
 
  
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'''Meet Henk, the god of technology''' He (or rather it, as gods are sexless) is the one that brings ideas and innovation to those that worship it. This is the story of his creation.
  
It is a sculpture of the  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoruba_religion Yoruba] "god" [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogoun Ougun] who presides over  iron, hunting, politics and war.
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The sign says: Ogou, (Benin and Togo, West Africa and SOuth America. _God of iron and war_ Ogou, or simply Gu, is the patron of the metalworkers of the Fon and Ewe peoples. If they fail to pay him enough attention, he goes away and sulks in the forest. People notice immediately, because technological progress comes to a halt. If he is cheered up by being given a good feast, everyone start to have ideas again. If his devotees forget to placate him, he gets angry and stirs up dissension and war. Two hundred years ago, Gu traveled with the slaves to South America.
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During a afternoon at the  [http://www.museon.nl/ Museon] in The Hague, at  the ethnography department, I ran into this sculpture:
  
As an engineer and hacker I could instantly  relate to the notion. Especially the part where the honoration of the good keeps him happy and technology progresses ( see sign). To give you a sense of just how bad-ass Ogoun is, please consider the description of an Ogou  ritual :
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It is a  fearsome thing, with scissors as hands, motor parts for shoulders and a circular saw for a hat. He wields a machete and generally  looks like somebody you don't want to get into a fight with. Intrigued, I looked at the sign.
His possessions can sometimes be violent. Those mounted by him are known to wash their hands in flaming rum without suffering from it later. They dress up in green and black, wave a sabre or machete, chew a cigar and demand rum in an old phrase "Gren mwe fret" (my testicles are cold). Often, this rum is first poured on the ground, then lit and, finally, the fumes generated by this are then allowed to pervade the peristyle. The sword, or much more commonly the machete, is his weapon and he often does strange feats of poking himself with it, or even sticking the handle in the ground, then mounting the blade without piercing his skin.
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The collaborative creation process has lead to a  case of  extreme casemodig. This  sculpture (refered to by Revspacers as the "robot"is a fully functional PC, with a debian 6 install. Many people contributed physical labor and ideas to the sculpture. Thanks! You too are welcome to physicaly/software hack it.
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The sign reads <ref>{{filepath:OgouSign.jpg}} </ref>  :Ogou, (Benin and Togo, West Africa and South America) ''God of iron and war'' Ogou, or simply Gu, is the patron of the metalworkers of the Fon and Ewe peoples. If they fail to pay him enough attention, he goes away and sulks in the forest. People notice immediately, because technological progress comes to a halt. If he is cheered up by being given a good feast, everyone start to have ideas again. If his devotees forget to placate him, he gets angry and stirs up dissension and war.
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Ok, so that is interesting. A little more digging about Ogou, reveals that I am looking at a representation of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoruba_religion Yoruba] / [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_African_Vodun Voodoo] "god" <ref> He is not really a god, but rather an orisha and loa. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogoun Orisha] is a spirit or deity that reflects one of the manifestations of Olodumare (God) in the Yoruba. Orisha is an "intermediary between man and the supernatural. The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loa Loa], likewise are see to bee the spirits of Haitian Vodou. They are also referred to as Mystères and the Invisibles, in which are intermediaries between Bondye (Bon Dieu, or good god)—the Creator, who is distant from the world—and humanity. Unlike saints or angels however, they are not simply prayed to, they are served. They are each distinct beings with their own personal likes and dislikes, distinct sacred rhythms, songs, dances, ritual symbols, and special modes of service. Contrary to popular belief, the loa are not deities in and of themselves; they are intermediaries for a distant Bondye. The term is often translated as "deities" or "divinities"</ref> [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogoun Ougun] who presides over  iron, hunting, politics and war,  gets cheered up by having a party thrown in its name and accelerates technological progress in return. Interesting. So, lets examine those "parties" a little closer  :
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"His possessions can sometimes be violent. Those mounted by him are known to wash their hands in flaming rum without suffering from it later. They dress up in green and black, wave a sabre or machete, chew a cigar and demand rum in an old phrase "Gren mwe fret" (my testicles are cold). Often, this rum is first poured on the ground, then lit and, finally, the fumes generated by this are then allowed to pervade the peristyle. The sword, or much more commonly the machete, is his weapon and he often does strange feats of poking himself with it, or even sticking the handle in the ground, then mounting the blade without piercing his skin." <ref>Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogoun</ref>
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As an former  engineering student, a scientist and as a hacker, I could instantly  relate to the notion presented above. Especially the part where regularly partying with rum and cigars pleases  the god of technology, who will reward you for it with new ideas. What's not to like?
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I got inspired both by its appearance as well as the story behind it, and I just had to have my own Gu. However, one does not create techno-deities alone, one needs a hackerspace full of technology worshiping nerds to accomplish such a feat.
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So, after laboriously  scrounging, collecting, cutting, welding, soldering, installing and rebooting  a pile of  metal and computer waste, we have him. Our god of technology.  This process  of  extreme casemodig has lead to a  the sculpture referred to by Revspacers as the "robot". The "robot" is a fully functional linux PC. Many people contributed physical labor and ideas to the sculpture. Thanks! You too are welcome to physicaly/software hack it.
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It still has to be sanctified somehow. I wonder how to do that? Perhaps something with rum and cigars... ?
  
  
It is build entirely from waste parts.
 
  
 
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Revision as of 15:05, 25 November 2012

Project God of Technology
Status Completed
Contact User:Gori
Last Update 2012-11-25
Robot21.JPG

Meet Henk, the god of technology He (or rather it, as gods are sexless) is the one that brings ideas and innovation to those that worship it. This is the story of his creation.

Robot29.JPG

During a afternoon at the Museon in The Hague, at the ethnography department, I ran into this sculpture:

Ogou.jpg

It is a fearsome thing, with scissors as hands, motor parts for shoulders and a circular saw for a hat. He wields a machete and generally looks like somebody you don't want to get into a fight with. Intrigued, I looked at the sign.


The sign reads [1]  :Ogou, (Benin and Togo, West Africa and South America) God of iron and war Ogou, or simply Gu, is the patron of the metalworkers of the Fon and Ewe peoples. If they fail to pay him enough attention, he goes away and sulks in the forest. People notice immediately, because technological progress comes to a halt. If he is cheered up by being given a good feast, everyone start to have ideas again. If his devotees forget to placate him, he gets angry and stirs up dissension and war.

Ok, so that is interesting. A little more digging about Ogou, reveals that I am looking at a representation of the Yoruba / Voodoo "god" [2] Ougun who presides over iron, hunting, politics and war, gets cheered up by having a party thrown in its name and accelerates technological progress in return. Interesting. So, lets examine those "parties" a little closer  :

"His possessions can sometimes be violent. Those mounted by him are known to wash their hands in flaming rum without suffering from it later. They dress up in green and black, wave a sabre or machete, chew a cigar and demand rum in an old phrase "Gren mwe fret" (my testicles are cold). Often, this rum is first poured on the ground, then lit and, finally, the fumes generated by this are then allowed to pervade the peristyle. The sword, or much more commonly the machete, is his weapon and he often does strange feats of poking himself with it, or even sticking the handle in the ground, then mounting the blade without piercing his skin." [3]

As an former engineering student, a scientist and as a hacker, I could instantly relate to the notion presented above. Especially the part where regularly partying with rum and cigars pleases the god of technology, who will reward you for it with new ideas. What's not to like?

I got inspired both by its appearance as well as the story behind it, and I just had to have my own Gu. However, one does not create techno-deities alone, one needs a hackerspace full of technology worshiping nerds to accomplish such a feat.

So, after laboriously scrounging, collecting, cutting, welding, soldering, installing and rebooting a pile of metal and computer waste, we have him. Our god of technology. This process of extreme casemodig has lead to a the sculpture referred to by Revspacers as the "robot". The "robot" is a fully functional linux PC. Many people contributed physical labor and ideas to the sculpture. Thanks! You too are welcome to physicaly/software hack it.

It still has to be sanctified somehow. I wonder how to do that? Perhaps something with rum and cigars... ?


PC details

  • Username: root/gori
  • Password: geheim

Specs: <soon>


References

  1. OgouSign.jpg
  2. He is not really a god, but rather an orisha and loa. Orisha is a spirit or deity that reflects one of the manifestations of Olodumare (God) in the Yoruba. Orisha is an "intermediary between man and the supernatural. The Loa, likewise are see to bee the spirits of Haitian Vodou. They are also referred to as Mystères and the Invisibles, in which are intermediaries between Bondye (Bon Dieu, or good god)—the Creator, who is distant from the world—and humanity. Unlike saints or angels however, they are not simply prayed to, they are served. They are each distinct beings with their own personal likes and dislikes, distinct sacred rhythms, songs, dances, ritual symbols, and special modes of service. Contrary to popular belief, the loa are not deities in and of themselves; they are intermediaries for a distant Bondye. The term is often translated as "deities" or "divinities"
  3. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogoun