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Anatomy of Architecture Ontology and Metaphor in Batammaliba Architectural Expression

ISBN-10: 0226058611

ISBN-13: 9780226058610

Edition: 1994

Authors: Suzanne Preston Blier

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Blier illuminates the extraordinary architecture of the Batammaliba people of Western Africa, revealing these buildings as texts through which we can read the beliefs, psychology, traditions, and social concerns of their inhabitants. In doing so, she explores the role of vernacular architecture as an expression of culture. "A splendid analysis of the centrality of architecture in the daily lives of the Batammaliba and its integral role in articulating social values....The story is beautifully told in the best of anthropological traditions."--Judith R. Blau, Contemporary Society "A remarkable study....Blier's volume carries the study of African architecture to a qualitatively new level of scholarship. It introduces a new dimension whereby the architectural medium can be used to illuminate much of the entire belief system of any culture."--Labelle Prussin, African Arts "In this excellent book Blier provides a richly detailed and searching account of what architecture means to the Batammaliba of northern Togo and Benin....The finest account I have yet read of the relations between systems of beliefs, ritual practices, and African aesthetics and plastic arts....The ethnography and basic insight should be the envy of any social anthropologist."--T.O. Beidelman, Man
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 334
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Illustrations
Linguistic Note
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Imagines Mundi: Narrative, Ritual, and Architectural Exemplars of Cosmogony
Architectural Archetypes: Reflections on Housing in "Paradise"
House Temples: Architecture for the Gods
Houses Are Human: Architectural Self-images
At Home: The Complementarity of House, Family, and Tomb
The Power of Architecture: Politics, Protection, and Jurisprudence in House Design and Use
"The Dance of Drums": Notes on the Architecture and Staging of Funeral Performances
Conclusions: Architectural Exegesis: On Building Ontology, Metaphor, and Multiplexity
Notes
Bibliography
List of Principal People Interviewed
Index