Ara & Irik

This illustration is part of a series that was based on creation myths from all over the world. Their richness and big variety is a source of inspiration to me. Sometimes the stories are astonishingly beautiful but they can also be very cruel or surprisingly humorous. I’m still stimulated by the abundance of amazing stories that try to explain the reason for our existence. That’s why it is an ongoing project for personal work.

Ara & Irik (Iban, Borneo)

The Iban people in Borneo believe that Ara and Irik were the first beings. In the form of birds they gathered two great eggs from the primeval waters. Ara formed the sky from his egg and Irik made the earth out of hers. Afterwards they created the first humans from the earth and brought them to life with their bird spirit cries…

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