Title: Health and political temple; Maya pyramids, approx. 3 500 to 500 years old
Artist: Dieter Liedtke
Innovation: Demonstration that the public fear-inducing sacrificial rituals were also organised for the political guidance and subjugation of the population. With the help of the gods, through divine intervention and revelations (innovations and inspirations of the priests or leaders), spiritual energy (pain and death) was transformed and used as healing power as well as for the revelation of beliefs and the influencing of fate with regard to desired events (securing good harvest yields and the luck of war). Rituals in which prisoners (political opponents, warriors) were publicly offered as sacrifices were intended as a demonstration of current and evocative assurance of future superiority. The life energy offered to the gods was supposed to flow into one’s own community and strengthen the future. With the sacrificial rituals, the political goals of the leaders as well as the cohesion of the community were also to be transmitted or strengthened and conveyed as God’s will through information, media and symbols. Through the corresponding sacrifice, influence was to be exerted on the spiritual world; the sacrifices of individuals thus served to relieve the burden and (materially as well as spiritually) secure the majority. It is obvious that these rituals, like any other spiritual practice of a specially developed priestly caste, gave their members power over the majority and thus the possibility of oppression. However, this was not only rooted in the spiritual act, but also in the place it was given in the worldly order.
Innovation use: Health and population influence (placebo and nocebo) by creating fears and by delineating religions, ethnicities, races and social groups, witnessed by the shamans and leaders to control the group or population.
Innovation ritual: Secretly held adoption of creativity, intuition, insight and promotion of faith to strengthen health and the immune system as well as to guide the population through belief in punishing or helping rules of the gods in this world and the hereafter.
Innovation Technique: Digital print as a unique size/original work of art with Dieter Liedtke’s DNA in the red colour.
Innovation of the series: Disclosure of health, motivational and group or political social rituals. The effect of the recovery rituals can be optimised optimally through first experiences with creativity and affection previously unknown to the sick person (see research results on neurobiology, epigenetics, mirror neurons, nocebo and placebo and the ancient rituals up to the emergence of religions and today’s voodoo) or for group guidance through numerous repetitions by information mediators (see religions and media).
Series name: Art and Healing II
Years working on the series from: 1963
Year of work: 2015
Material: Ink, canvas on stretcher frame
Dimensions: 140 cm x 180 cm
Original-Work N°: 10/6
Art historical value expertise: Artinvest
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