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Art, Performance and Ritual in Benin City

Charles Gore

Abstract

This book explores the roles of contemporary urban shrines and their visual traditions in Benin City. It focuses on the charismatic priests and priestesses who are possessed by a pantheon of deities, the communities of devotees, and the artists who make artifacts for their shrines. The visual arts are part of a wider configuration of practices that include song, dance, possession, and healing. These practices provide the means for exploring the relationships of the visual to both the verbal and performance arts that feature at these shrines. The analysis in this book raises fundamental questio ... More

Keywords: Benin, Benin City, art history, performance art, shrines, priests, priestesses, deities, artists, visual arts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748633166
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633166.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Gore, author