The Wild Bull and the Sacred Forest
Form, Meaning and Change in Senegambian Initiation Masks of the Diola
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Wild Bull and the Sacred Forest by Peter A. Mark
Book DescriptionThis study of the cattle-horned initiation masks of southern Senegal and the Gambia weaves together art history, history, and cultural anthropology to give a detailed view of Casamance cultures, as they have interacted and changed over the past two centuries. Based on seven field trips to West Africa and fifteen years of research in colonial archives and museum collections from Dakar to Leipzig, Professor Mark's work presents a subtle interpretation of Casamance horned masquerades, their complex ritual symbolism, and the metaphysical concepts to which they allude. In tracing the cultural interaction and changing identity of the peoples of the Casamance, the author convincingly argues for a dynamic approach to art and ethnic identity. Culture should be seen not as a fixed entity but as a continuing process. This dynamic model reflects the history of interaction between Manding and Diola and between Muslim and non-Muslim, that has produced hybrid masks.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521413466
(234mm x 203mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Feb-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter A. Mark
Forgotten Diaspora, Paperback (July 2013)
This book traces the history of early seventeenth-century Portuguese Sephardic traders who settled in two communities on Senegal's Petit Cote.
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This study of the cattle-horned initiation masks of southern Senegal and the Gambia gives a detailed view of Casamance cultures.
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