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Anatomy of Architecture Ontology and Metaphor in Batammaliba Architectural Expression

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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…    
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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

Linguistic Note
Preface and Acknowledgments
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
List of Principal People Interviewed