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Asen, Ancestors, and Vodun

Tracing Change in African Art

Asen, Ancestors, and Vodun( )
Author: Bay, Edna
Publication Date:Feb 2008
Publisher:University of Illinois Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $44.00
Book Description:

Asen, metal sculptures of southern Benin, West Africa, are created to honor the dead and are meant to encourage interaction between visible and spiritual worlds in ancestral rites associated with the belief system known as vodun. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in the former Kingdom of Dahomey, Bay traces more than 150 years of transformations in the manufacture and symbolic meanings of asen against the backdrop of a slave-raiding monarchy, domination by French colonialism, and...
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Detailed Subjects: Art / Sculpture & Installation
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Religion / Ethnic & Tribal
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 x 0.7 Inches

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