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Blogathon: Afrika.

November 16, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Dëst ass dann mäin Post am Kader vum Chris sengem Afrika-Blogathon:

Bronze-Konscht aus dem Benin (13.-16. Jht)

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Benin, e relativ klengt, westafrikanescht Land tëschent dem Togo an Nigeria. Ween hätt geduecht, dass déi tëschent dem 13. an 16. Joerhonnert nawell ferme sophistikéiert Bronzeskulpturen gemaach hunn? Wuel die mannsten. Well eist Onwëssen, an eis Virurteeler par rapport zu Schwaarzafrika generell, sinn jo wuel ziemlech grouss. Duerch Zoufall sinn ech dunn eemol eng Kéier ëppes iwwert dëst Thema gewuer ginn a woer nawell faszinéiert (Fotoen méi ennen op dëser Säit).

Allerdëngs sinn ech grad net immens inspiréiert fir selwer vill ze schréiwen, duerfir zitéieren ech dann mol léiwer:

The royal arts of the Benin Kingdom of south-central Nigeria affirm the centrality of the oba, or divine king, portraying his divine nature. While recording the kingdom’s significant historical events and the oba’s involvement with them, they also initiate the oba’s interactions with the supernatural and honor his deified ancestors, forging a continuity that is vital to the kingdom’s well-being.

Hei den Mythos vun hieren Originen (an bei ‘Rulers of the Sky’ wieren dem vom Däniken seng Oueren laang ginn, hehe):

According to oral traditions, in the ancient past the Benin Kingdom and its people, the Edo, were ruled by the Ogiso, literally “Rulers of the Sky.” While one account explains that the first Ogiso was the son of the High God, another claims that he was chosen from among the finest local rulers and governed to some extent through the good will of the people.

D’Déieren hunn natiirlech och all hieren eegenen Myth:

In Benin animals are symbols of deities or cults. Some represent the power of the Oba (King). The objects from Benin in the Museum feature images of fish, snakes, leopards, and crocodiles. They are not just on plaques but on bracelets and other objects too.

In Benin cosmology the leopard is a symbol of royal power. At one time leopards were sacrificed to ensure the well-being of the kingdom. In the seventeenth century the Oba kept tame leopards that he led about in chains when he paraded through the city. This showed his power and domination over the ‘King of the Bush’.

Crocodiles are called the ‘policemen of the waters’. They are associated with Olokun, the god of waters. The crocodile is feared for its ferocity. It represents the Oba because it has the power to take human life. In earlier times the Oba had the power to sentence his subjects to death.

Hei awer dann lo och e puer Beispiller vun hieren Skultpuren:

Nach méi Fotoen, an och generell méi Info, gët et op dësem Site vum Art Institute of Chicago.

Categories: Geschicht, Konscht
  1. Thorben
    November 17, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Ech wosst guernet dass déi Bronze kannt hun. Mega cool. Dem Chris säi Blogathon dréiht zur Bildung bai.

  2. November 17, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Jop! Woer eng gutt Iddi. An ech wousst dat mat der Bronze och net.

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