Gelede : Art and Female Power Among the Yoruba

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Gelede masquerades, practiced by the Yoruba in homage to the extraordinary power of female forces in the cosmos, are lavish artistic performances involving carved wooden headdresses, cloth costumes, dances, songs, and drumming. The authors of this richly conceived study analyse song texts, music, and dance as well as oral traditions and personal histories to interpret Gelede as a symbolic representation of the Yoruba world view. Abundantly illustrated with black-and-white and color illustrations, mostly field photographs, Gelede offers an integrated perspective on the social and cultural functions of art.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 20.32mm | 839.14g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 8 page colour insert, 170 b&w and 14 colour photographs
  • 0253205654
  • 9780253205650

Table of contents

Preface; Note of Orthography; Map 1. Yoruba Spectacle; 2. Gelede Performance; 3. Efe Songs - Voicing Power; 4. The Masks and Costumes of Efe Night; 5. The Dance: Texturing Time and Space; 6. The Masks of Gelede; 7. A Historical and Thematic Overview; 8. Gelede and the Individual Notes on Text; Notes on Plates; References; Index
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" ... an exceptionally rich source for all those interested in symbolic, religious or social studies." - Tribus " ... An excellent book ... Fascinating to read." - Research in African Literatures " ... A volume that establishes the standards by which future works on the masked festivals of the Yoruba and other Sub-Saharan African peoples will be judged." - African Arts " ... The most sophisticated art historical analysis of a single African aesthetic tradition." - Tribal Arts Review
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