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1st Edition

Benin Studies

ISBN 9781138492110
Published April 28, 2020 by Routledge
322 Pages

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Book Description

This collection of R. E. Bradbury's papers, originally published in 1973 includes edited sections of his (then hitherto) unpublished thesis on the Benin village in Western Nigeria. The book is arranged in 3 parts: historical and political studies of the kingdom of Benin; Benin village organization and religion and art. An introduction by Peter Morton-Williams traces bradbury's development as an interpreter of the culture, society and art of Benin, beginning with his first studies in the filed and culminating in the important anthropological and historical essays.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Historical Studies of the Kingdom of Benin

1. The Historical Uses of Comparative Ethnography with Special Reference to Benin and the Yoruba

2. Chronological Problems in the Study of Benin History

3. The Kingdom of Benin

4. Continuities and Discontinuities in Pre-Colonial and Colonial Benin Politics (1897-1951)

5. Patrimonialism and Gerontocracy in Benin Political Culture

Part 2. Benin Village Life

6. The Benin Village

Part 3. Religion and Art

7. Father and Senior Son in Edo Mortuary Ritual

8. Fathers, Elders and Ghosts in Edo Religion

9. Ezomo's ikegobo and the Benin Cult of the Hand

10. Ehi: Three Stories from Benin

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