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The Anatomy of Architecture : Ontology and Metaphor in Batammaliba Architectural Expression - Suzanne Preston Blier

The Anatomy of Architecture

Ontology and Metaphor in Batammaliba Architectural Expression

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Published: 1st January 1987
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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"

Illustrations
Linguistic Note
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Imagines Mundi: Narrative, Ritual, and Architectural Exemplars of Cosmogonyp. 35
Architectural Archetypes: Reflections on Housing in "Paradise"p. 58
House Temples: Architecture for the Godsp. 80
Houses Are Human: Architectural Self-imagesp. 118
At Home: The Complementarity of House, Family, and Tombp. 140
The Power of Architecture: Politics, Protection, and Jurisprudence in House Design and Usep. 157
"The Dance of Drums": Notes on the Architecture and Staging of Funeral Performancesp. 172
Conclusions: Architectural Exegesis: On Building Ontology, Metaphor, and Multiplexityp. 201
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 297
List of Principal People Interviewedp. 302
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780226058610
ISBN-10: 0226058611
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 334
Published: 1st January 1987
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition