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"<a href="https://www.artistsforconservation.org/virtual-exhibit/4589/artist/1555/artwork/streams-wasteland-occidental-babylon-6064">Streams in the Wasteland: Occidental Babylon</a>" by Josh Tiessen | Canada

Streams in the Wasteland: Occidental Babylon

Wallhanging by Josh Tiessen
40.00" H x 60.00" W x 2.00" D
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Spotted Hyena, Common Raven
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Spotted hyenas reside in sub-Saharan Africa, so it’s logical to wonder why a pack of thirteen hyenas is roaming through a ghost town loosely based on the one in Bodie, California. Hyenas are carrion scavengers, able to break down bone with their strong teeth and jaws, extracting as much marrow as possible. Traditionally, the hyena has been a symbol for the unstable or sinister, and in some African cultures it is viewed as a grave robber. The Lion King’s hyena trio: Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed, entrenched character traits of savagery and cowardice in pop culture. The concept of hyenas inhabiting an immoral western town came from Isaiah’s Old Testament prophecy of judgment concerning Babylon, stating that desert creatures such as hyenas would one day inhabit its strongholds, a symbolic picture of how Babylon, the world’s greatest city, would be laid to waste by the Persian Empire. In the 1st century, New Testament authors spoke of Rome as being another “Babylon." While the western frontier was seen as a ‘land flowing with milk and honey’ in the end it accidentally became an occidental (western) Babylon, where the god of gold corrupted, unable to save the miners or their town from demise.



Streams in the Wasteland: Occidental Babylon | Wallhanging by Josh Tiessen | Artists for Conservation 2018

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