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dc.contributor.editorDawson, Allan C.
dc.date.accessioned2022-07-18T11:54:04Z
dc.date.available2022-07-18T11:54:04Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifierONIX_20220718_9781552385449_28
dc.identifier.issn17031826
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/57451
dc.description.abstractIn the African context, shrines are cultural signposts that help one understand and read the ethnic, territorial, and social lay of the land. The contributions gathered here by Allan Charles Dawson demonstrate how African shrines help to define ethnic boundaries, shape group identity, and symbolically articulate a society's connection with the land it occupies. Shrines are physical manifestations of a group's claim to a particular piece of land and are thus markers of identity - they represent, both figuratively and literally, a community's 'roots' in the land it works and lives on. The shrine is representative of a connection with the land at the cosmological and supernatural level and, in terms of a community's or ethnic group's claim to cultivable territory, serves as a reminder to outsiders of ownership. This volume explores how African shrines, in all their variable and diverse forms, are more than just spiritual vessels or points of worship - they are powerful symbols of ethnic solidarity, group cohesion, and knowledge about the landscape. Moreover, in ways subtle and nuanced, shrines represent ideas about legitimacy and authenticity in the context of the post-colonial African state.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.relation.ispartofseriesAfrica: Missing Voices
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HR Religion & beliefs
dc.titleShrines in Africa
dc.title.alternativeHistory, Politics, and Society
dc.typebook
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy5c7afbd8-3329-4175-a51e-9949eb959527
oapen.relation.isbn9781552385449
oapen.pages228
oapen.place.publicationCalgary


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