The Anatomy of Architecture: Ontology and Metaphor in Batammaliba Architectural Expression

The Anatomy of Architecture: Ontology and Metaphor in Batammaliba Architectural Expression

by Suzanne Preston Blier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521321735

ISBN-13: 9780521321730

Pub. Date: 11/27/1987

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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.

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521321730
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/27/1987
Series:
CRES Monographs on Anthropology and Aesthetics
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Linguistic Note
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1: Imagines Mundi: Narrative, Ritual, and Architectural Exemplars of Cosmogony
Ch. 2: Architectural Archetypes: Reflections on Housing in "Paradise"
Ch. 3: House Temples: Architecture for the Gods
Ch. 4: Houses Are Human: Architectural Self-images
Ch. 5: At Home: The Complementarity of House, Family, and Tomb
Ch. 6: The Power of Architecture: Politics, Protection, and Jurisprudence in House Design and Use
Ch. 7: "The Dance of Drums": Notes on the Architecture and Staging of Funeral Performances
Conclusions: Architectural Exegesis: On Building Ontology, Metaphor, and Multiplexity
Notes
Bibliography

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