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Flash of the Spirit : African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy - Robert Farris Thompson

Flash of the Spirit

African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy

Paperback Published: 1st August 1984
ISBN: 9780394723693
Number Of Pages: 317

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This landmark book shows how five African civilizations—Yoruba, Kongo, Ejagham, Mande and Cross River—have informed and are reflected in the aesthetic, social and metaphysical traditions (music, sculpture, textiles, architecture, religion, idiogrammatic writing) of black people in the United States, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, Mexico, Brazil and other places in the New World.

"Robert Farris Thompson is the art historian of Africa who has turned his talents to Afro-America and sketched the course that creative new work is likely to follow." -- Eugene Genovese This landmark book shows how five African civilizations -- Yoruba, Kongo, Ejagham, Mande and Cross River -- have informed and are reflected in the aesthetic, social and metaphysical traditions (music, sculpture, textiles, architecture, religion, idiogrammatic writing) of black people in the United States, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, Mexico, Brazil and other places in the New World.

"A wonderfully enthusiastic book...Mr. Thompson is a professor of art history, but he takes his subject in the round, not in any specialized or compartmentalized manner. He is part anthropologist, part art critic, part musicologist, part student of religion and philosophy, and entirely an enthusiastic partisan of what he writes about."

-- The New York Times Book Review

"Centuries of racist assumptions go packing it in Flash of the Spirit." -- The Village Voice

"This is art history to dance by." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer

Introductionp. xiii
Black Saints Go Marching In: Yoruba Art and Culture in the Americasp. 1
The Sign of the Four Moments of the Sun: Kongo Art and Religion in the Americasp. 101
The Rara of the Universe: Vodun Religion and Art in Haitip. 161
Round Houses and Rhythmized Textiles: Mande-Related Art and Architecture in the Americasp. 193
Emblems of Prowess: Ejagham Art and Writing in Two Worldsp. 225
Notesp. 269
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9780394723693
ISBN-10: 0394723694
Series: Vintage Ser.
Audience: Children
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 317
Published: 1st August 1984
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.33