Monday, August 01, 2016

7th HEAVEN: THE ADDICTED SYNOPSIS FOR N.H.C 2016

In 2010 ADDICTED exploded on to the streets of Notting Hill carnival with our presentation Chaos
Seven years later Addicted invites you to explore our theme for 2016 Seventh Heaven.

SEVEN is one of the most mystical and magical numbers in human history, from the seven deadly sins to the Seven Wonders of the World, the number seven is clearly recognised as one of the most significant numbers/symbols.
In almost every religious text, there is also mention and recognition of the number, in the bible seven is mentioned over 700 times, and we all know that according to the bible the world was created in seven days and we live in the 7 day week even today. In Numerology, seven is seen as the number of sacred spirituality, mystic energy, completion and both spiritual and physical perfection.

Heaven the religious concept:
Regarded as the home of God or the gods that exists in the sky depending on the belief system, heaven is that Utopia that those whom do good in this life, or lives by the universal law of love are sent to as a reward when life ends. Also known as Zion, paradise or nirvana, there is the myth within some systems that heaven is divided into seven divisions.

The notion of 7 heavens, goes back to ancient Mesopotamian religions,  they believed  that the  heavens were divided into  seven parts, this concept is repeated in  Judaism, it is believed that the universe is made of seven heavens, the seventh heaven being the home of god and his most exaltedangles. Islam also speaks of seven heavens and Muslims on pilgrimage make  the kaaba seven times.

 In Hinduism, the belief is there are seven upper worlds and seven lower worlds, and the human body is said to have seven chakras or wheels of energy. The Buddhism belief says that when the new born buhadda was born he rose to his feet and took 7 steps.

Of the seven heavens the seventh is said to be the highest and final level, not only is it where God and the angles exist but it is also the a place of supreme happiness and ecstasy. 

Our colour scheme Pink and blue.

The colour combination of pink and blue are our main colours of choice this year, while most will associate heaven with the traditional angelic white, we at addicted  never comply with such norms, in the creative imaginative spirit of carnival we expand the boundries...

Pink has been long understood to be the universal colour of love, blue the colour of trust loyalty and wisdom
According to the belies and traditions  of sanitaria the Oresha that governs the colours pink and blue as well as the number seven is the Orisha Oko, Oko  is the oreisha  of harvest, fertility and abundance. 

i.e. Nirvana, Zion, Heaven.

Religious connotations aside Addicteds Seventh heaven is an analogy for our lives and the release and bliss we experience on the days of carnival, the creative energy that can only be described as mystical,  the ecstasy we experience on the road on carnival day,  the mental and spiritual harvest that we reap after a year of hard work and sacrifice, the exaltation we feel when we raise our hands to the sweet vibrations of soca music.

Completion: Perfection:Reward;
7th Heaven



 7th Heaven.


For Teresa Shirley Armstrong
3/10/37 -31/12/15
My Mother, My Compass, My Friend.

I know exactly where you are.


S.A. Armstrong
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