Amoga oil painting by Jon Apisa

Amoga oil painting

Amoga oil painting oil painting by Jon Apisa 03/25/2024

Jon Apisa. Amoga oil painting. 2024. oil on canvas, 36" x 12" (91.44 cm x 30.48 cm).

Amoga (Orion's Belt) oil painting by Jon Apisa.

The original artwork was inspired by how Sāmoan identified the thre stars (Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka) of what is commonly known as Orion's Belt.

Amoga in Sāmoa is the wooden pole used to balance items such as traditional woven baskets filled with produce.

With consideration to its visibility and identification throughout Polynesia, the three stars commonly called Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka was high value for Polynesian Astronomy and Polynesian Navigation.

Orion's Belt was known as:

  • Amoga in Sāmoa
  • Maiakū in Hawaiʻi
  • Taʻurua o Mere ma tū tahi in Tahiti
  • Tautoru in Maori language (Aotearoa)
  • Ara tolu in Anuta
  • ʻAlotolu in Tonga
Amoga oil painting diagram (Orion's Belt) by Jon Apisa

This is a diagram of Amoga, (Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka) of what is commonly known as Orion's Belt.



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