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
     
 

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. See more details below

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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.

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)

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Linguistic Note
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1Imagines Mundi: Narrative, Ritual, and Architectural Exemplars of Cosmogony35
Ch. 2Architectural Archetypes: Reflections on Housing in "Paradise"58
Ch. 3House Temples: Architecture for the Gods80
Ch. 4Houses Are Human: Architectural Self-images118
Ch. 5At Home: The Complementarity of House, Family, and Tomb140
Ch. 6The Power of Architecture: Politics, Protection, and Jurisprudence in House Design and Use157
Ch. 7"The Dance of Drums": Notes on the Architecture and Staging of Funeral Performances172
Conclusions: Architectural Exegesis: On Building Ontology, Metaphor, and Multiplexity201
Notes235
Bibliography297
List of Principal People Interviewed302
Index305

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