The Gelede Spectacle: Art, Gender, and Social Harmony in African Culture

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9780295975276: The Gelede Spectacle: Art, Gender, and Social Harmony in African Culture
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Gelede is a popular community festival of masquerade, dance, and song, held several times a year by the Yoruba of Southwestern Nigeria and the Republic of Benin, echoes of which can also be seen in Mardi Gras and Carnival. Lawal bases his book on more than two decades of field research as well as on both published and unpublished scholarly sources. He casts significant new light on many previously obscure aspects of Gelede, and he demonstrates a useful methodological approach to the study of non-Western art.The Gelede Spectacle is illustrated with field and museum photographs, including a rare sequence on the dressing of a masquerader. It offers, in addition, more than 60 Gelede song texts, proverbs, and divination verses, each in the original Yoruba as well as in translation.

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Explores the use of the visual and performing arts to promote nonviolence and social harmony in Saharan Africa. Focuses on GFlFdT, a popular community festival of masquerade, dance, and song, held several times a year by the Yoruba of Southwestern Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. Based on extensiv

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Lawal, Babatunde
Verlag: Univ. of Washington Press, (1996)
ISBN 10: 029597527X ISBN 13: 9780295975276
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Buchbeschreibung Univ. of Washington Press, 1996. Buchzustand: Sehr gut. XXIV; 327 S.; zahlr. Abb. Gebraucht, aber sehr gut erhalten. - Note on Orthography and Tone Markings -- Introduction -- African Art and the Social Order -- Iwà The Dialectics of Yoruba Existence -- Ipilèsè The Roots of Gèlèdé -- I répo Gender and Social Harmony Through Gèlèdé -- Iran the Gèlèdé Spectacle -- Idira Costume Aesthetics and Iconography -- Igi Gèlèdé Sculpted Messages on Headdresses -- Oju Inu Critical Perspectives on Gèlèdé -- Conclusion -- Glossary of Yoruba Terms -- Bibliography -- Credits -- Index -- Map 1 Yorubaland -- Map 2 Southwestern Yorubaland -- Color plates // This remarkable study explores the use of the visual and performing arts to promote nonviolence and social harmony in sub-Saharan Africa. It focuses on Gèlèdé, a popular community festival of masquerade, dance, and song, held several times a year by the Yoruba of Southwestern Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. Babatunde Lawal, an art historian and African scholar who has taught in Nigeria, Brazil, and the United States, is himself a Yoruba and has taken an active part in Gèlèdé. He writes from the perspective of an informed participant/ observer of his own culture. Lawal bases his book on extensive field research-observations and interviews- conducted over more than two decades as well as on numerous published and unpublished scholarly sources. He casts significant new light on many previously obscure aspects of Gèlèdé, and he demonstrates a useful methodological approach to the study of non-Western art. The book systematically covers the major aspects of the Gèlèdé spectacle, presenting its cultural background and historical origins as preface to a vivid and detailed description of an actual performance. This is followed by a discussion of the iconography and aesthetics of costume, and an examination of the sculpted images on the masks. The book concludes with a discussion of the moral and aesthetic philosophy of Gèlèdé and its responsiveness to technological and social change. The Gèlèdé Spectacle is illustrated in color and black-and-white with over 150 field and museum photographs, including a rare sequence on the dressing of a masquerader. It offers, in addition, more than 60 Gèlèdé song texts, proverbs, and divination verses, each in the original Yoruba as well as in translation. Lawal's interpretations of these pieces indicate the rich complexities of metaphor and analogy inherent in the Yoruba language and art. ISBN 029597527X Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 1300 Originalleinen mit Schutzumschlag. Artikel-Nr. 1007362

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