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

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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.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Linguistic Note
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Imagines Mundi: Narrative, Ritual, and Architectural Exemplars of Cosmogony 35
Ch. 2 Architectural Archetypes: Reflections on Housing in "Paradise" 58
Ch. 3 House Temples: Architecture for the Gods 80
Ch. 4 Houses Are Human: Architectural Self-images 118
Ch. 5 At Home: The Complementarity of House, Family, and Tomb 140
Ch. 6 The Power of Architecture: Politics, Protection, and Jurisprudence in House Design and Use 157
Ch. 7 "The Dance of Drums": Notes on the Architecture and Staging of Funeral Performances 172
Conclusions: Architectural Exegesis: On Building Ontology, Metaphor, and Multiplexity 201
Notes 235
Bibliography 297
List of Principal People Interviewed 302
Index 305
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