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  • Benin Symbolism

    According to BBC, the kingdom of Benin started in the 900s when the Edo individuals settled in the rainforests of West Africa. By the 1400s they had made a well off kingdom with a powerful ruler, known as the Oba. The Obas lived in palaces decorated with shining brass. Continuously, the Obas won more land and developed an empire. They additionally began exchanging with dealers from Europe and with other African kingdoms. Rather than utilizing cash they traded merchandise, for example, brass manilla bracelets, cowrie shells, guns from Europe, ivory from Benin, peppercorns from Benin and slaves from Benin ( BBC 1 ). Plankensteiner stated that, principally made of cast bronze and cut ivory, Benin craftsmanship was delivered essentially for the court of the Oba of Benin - a heavenly ruler for whom the specialists created a scope of formally noteworthy articles. The full multifaceted nature of these works can be acknowledged just through the mindfulness and thought of two complementary cultural perceptions of the art of Benin: the Western appreciation of them primarily as works of art and their comprehension in Benin as authentic documents and as mnemonic devices to recreate history, or as custom items. This unique centrality is of extraordinary import in Benin (Plankensteiner). The royal crafts of the Benin Kingdom of south-focal Nigeria avow the centrality of the oba, or perfect king, depicting his divine nature. While recording the kingdom 's critical verifiable…

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  • The South African Folk Tales By James A. Honey

    and in the end, he betrays the land animals after he gets what the water creatures need for survival. These stories are retold with a strong individualistic point of view. South Africa is an individualistic culture but America’s individualistic culture is much stronger. I believe it is evident in the retelling of these stories. Yoruba Legends of southern Nigeria by M. I. Ogumefu, attempts to explain the mysteries of nature. Ogumefu is from London, an individualistic culture. Nigeria is in…

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