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Among the peoples of Central and West Africa, artifacts such as sculptures, trays, baskets, animal horns, rubbing devices, and slit-drums are essential to the efficacy of divination rituals, attempts by individuals, families, or communities to discern through diviners the causes and meaning of anxiety, mishaps, conflicts, losses, and death. Although such instruments need only be rudimentary for the ritual to be performed, the aesthetic power of ritual objects that are created with imagination and skill enhances their ability to convey meaning. Generously illustrated, this volume demonstrates that ritual objects contribute to the purpose of divinatory rituals—and that for the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, insight and artistry are inextricably related.

Insight and Artistry in African Divination by John Pemberton III

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Author
John Pemberton III
Publisher
Smithsonian Books (DC)
Date of release
Pages
209
ISBN
9781560988595
Binding
Hardcover
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