Shrines and Deities

Gore Charles

in Art, Performance and Ritual in Benin City

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780748633166
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652983 | DOI:
Shrines and Deities

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This chapter looks at local Edo definitions of shrines and the deities to which they are dedicated, outlines the range of different shrines and their uses, and explores some of the local significances that are constructed in relation to shrines. Individuals place themselves in particular relationships through the concrete materiality of shrines and their associated artefacts, linking the individual to this metaphysical world; also, by the same means, individuals place themselves in social relationships. This is most obvious in the relations between ohens (priests) and their clients, but many other social relations are enabled. The chapter focuses on the categories and contexts of shrines in their concrete materiality.

Keywords: shrines; deities; Edo kingdom; metaphysical world; social relationships; materiality

Chapter.  7761 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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