Embodied Histories: Royal Investiture, Masking, and Remembering

in The Intestines of the State

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226026114
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226026138 | DOI:
Embodied Histories: Royal Investiture, Masking, and Remembering

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This chapter examines three performances closely associated with some of the major ceremonies of the palace of Oku, focusing on the significance of their present form in light of what we know of the practices that gave the slave trade its particular experiential or lived reality in the Cameron Grassfields and beyond. It suggests that the identification between masks and cannibal witches points to the close connection between masking and the slave trade. The chapter also contends that performances of masked dance groups bring out the association of masks with slaves and caravan porters in an embodied form.

Keywords: slave trade; ceremonies; palace of Oku; Cameroon Grassfields; masks; cannibal witches; masked dance groups; caravan porters

Chapter.  14706 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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