The Western scarecrow is a symbol of simplicity most commonly associated with images of the countryside and a life of servitude to the land. However, elsewhere, the scarecrow means far more. The polytheistic ways of the East fuse religion and nature into a single all encompassing holistic belief system where idols emerge as systems of life. The Scarecrow assumes a new identity in the island nation of Japan, serving as the physical manifestation of the Japanese deity of agriculture and knowledge: Kuebiko.
Kuebiko knows all though he is bound to the location in which his host has been erected. His omniscience becomes a function of a vast network of host bodies dotting the countryside across the world giving him a ceaseless, gapless flow of knowledge.
all knowing, ever present, still.
Kuebiko remains unsheltered, observing. He watches, and listens, without motion, so as not to shatter his guise of statuesque stoicism.
The modern sartorialist is Kuebiko.
Draped in well loved clothes, they stand at the boundary of what has come before and what illuminates the approaching horizon. An all encompassing vision of the expansive landscape before them enables prophetic prediction of what is to come.
What is to come?
The Megacosm of Nature.
We have forgotten nature, but she is emerging once more. She is with us, as she always has been, giving life, regardless of all that we take.
As we begin to revere our all giving mother once more, we begin to further incorporate her functions in our lives.
The Kuebiko has always known this to be the way but in order to maintain his position of power, he has been forced to weather and survive.
His observations are finally being shared with the world as the veil of intense convenience is drawn back and reality is revealed. By adopting Kuebiko’s methods, we will more easily bring about the inevitable returnal to the natural order.