• Auteur: Paula Ben-Amos
  • ISBN:
  • Date de sortie: 1995-06-17
  • Collection: Smithsonian Inst Press
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"The ancient kingdom of Benin is one of the most sophisticated in Africa ... In this revised and updated edition of the Art of Benin, Paula Girshick Ben-Amos explains the role played by art in every aspect of Benin life: at the court, in private homes, in the urban capital and in the villages."--Back cover.

Dawn to Dusk

  • Auteur: Iro Eweka
  • ISBN: 9780714643625
  • Date de sortie: 1998
  • Collection: Taylor & Francis
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Dawn to Dusk is a collection of Edo (or Benin) folk tales: an oral history of Edo culture and tradition. It tells the story of how the ancient Edo conceived of the world and how they attempted both to explain the origin of their human existence on earth and to interpret their environment. In 1485 an Edo king was establishing diplomatic and trading relationships with Portugal. In Joao Affonso d'Aveiro's estimation, the Benin kingdom compared favourably with his own in terms of 'civilisation'. Even further back, when the earliest travellers were first 'discovering' Africa, the Edo king and people were well known, feared and respected as far away as present-day Mali. In 1897, the fire that destroyed the city seemed also to have destroyed the language, traditions and culture of the Edo people. And so, today, the language is all but dead and the culture disowned. Iro Eweka recounts some of the ancient stories, myths and lore passed down through families and communities of the Edo kingdom throughout the ages. The second part of the book contains ancient Edo proverbs, both in the original language and in English, which point to the culture, traditions and customs of this ancient society.


  • Auteur: Stuart Butler
  • ISBN: 9781841621487
  • Date de sortie: 2006
  • Collection: Bradt Travel Guides
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This new guide gives a lively and off-beat insight into this small but fascinating country. National parks, wildlife, museums, historic buildings, beaches, surfing, traditional ceremonies, kings, voodoo, the ancient slave trade and Benin's delightful people are all presented, along with practical tips on accommodation, transport, food, etiquette, eight-foot-tall chickens and avoiding sorcerers.

Art Innovation and Politics in Eighteenth century Benin

  • Auteur: Paula Ben-Amos
  • ISBN: 9780253335036
  • Date de sortie: 1999
  • Collection: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Total Download: 8810
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"The wealth of historiographic resources, the command of relevant literature, the ethnographic research and prudent use of oral traditions give this work a high degree of . . . intellectual excitement. . . . a landmark in the field." – Warren d'Azevedo In the mid-17th century in Benin, a crisis in royal succession threatened the legitimacy of the ruling dynasty. Not until the 18th century were Benin's reigning monarchy secure from the challenge of powerful local chiefs. Surprisingly, the period of social and political turmoil coincides with a period of striking artistic innovation and achievement. Making use of archival and oral resources in this extensively researched book, Paula Girshick Ben-Amos questions to what extent art operates as political strategy. How do objects acquire political meaning? How does the use of art enhance and embody power and authority? Girshick Ben-Amos demonstrates that it is possible to tease out the political meaning of material objects and thereby illuminate the connections between art and politics. In the case of 18th-century Benine, art and imagery performed a strategic function as instruments of legitimisation. A full appreciation of Benin's extraordinary artistic creation is made possible by this probing exploration of the social environment and historical circumstances that brought it into existence.

Historical Dictionary of Benin

  • Auteur: Mathurin C. Houngnikpo
  • ISBN: 0810871718
  • Date de sortie: 2013
  • Collection: Rowman & Littlefield
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Benin is now perceived of as a model of democracy in Africa because it has successfully established a democratic political system based on consensus and regular and fair elections, and it continues to improve its electoral and parliamentary systems. Since its democracy it has taken important steps towards laying the foundation for the rule of law by establishing stable political institutions that can withstand the test of time. It has also engaged in an important legal, institutional, and regulatory reform to establish a more favorable environment for private initiative. The fourth edition of Historical Dictionary of Benin covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 900 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Benin.

Killer tiger in Benin City

  • Auteur: Humphrey Jude Akenzua (Prince.)
  • ISBN:
  • Date de sortie: 2003
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  • Total Download: 6497
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Benin City

  • Auteur: Ekhaguosa Aisien
  • ISBN:
  • Date de sortie: 1995
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  • Total Read: 5894

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