Myth, Ritual and Iconography in West Africa
Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-42
Rowland O. Abiodun (Section 01)
(A) Through a contrastive analysis of the religious and artistic modes of expression in three West African societies-the Asanti of the Guinea Coast, and the Yoruba and Igbo peoples of Nigeria-the course will explore the nature and logic of symbols in an African cultural context. We shall address the problem of cultural symbols in terms of African conceptions of performance and the creative play of the imagination in ritual acts, masked festivals, music, dance, oral histories, and the visual arts as they provide the means through which cultural heritage and identity are transmitted and preserved, while, at the same time, being the means for innovative responses to changing social circumstances. Second semester. Professor Abiodun.