Myth/Ritual West Africa

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Black Studies

Course Number: 
315
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as ARHA 353 and BLST 315 [A]) Through a contrastive analysis of the religious and artistic modes of expression in three West African societies--the Asanti of the Guinea Coast, and the Yoruba and Igbo peoples of Nigeria--the course will explore the nature and logic of symbols in an African cultural context. We shall address the problem of cultural symbols in terms of African conceptions of performance and the creative play of the imagination in ritual acts, masked festivals, music, dance, oral histories, and the visual arts as they provide the means through which cultural heritage and identity are transmitted and preserved, while, at the same time, being the means for innovative responses to changing social circumstances.

Spring semester. Professor Abiodun.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Crosslisted Section ID: 
BLST-315-01,ARHA-353-01
Schedule #: 
BLST-315-01-1213S

Course Sections

Myth/Ritual West Africa
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Rowland Abiodun

roabiodun@amherst.edu

MW 12:30PM-01:50PM

COOP 101