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Title:Establishing liminal categories in African ceremonial dances
Author:Layiwola, 'DeleISNI
Year:1991
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Volume:15
Issue:1-2
Pages:19-27
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Uganda
Subjects:Kalabari
Lugbara
Urhobo
dance
Abstract:African patterns of dance may be established as concrete belief and action. On the basis of three examples of ceremonial dances the author demonstrates how African dance events confront realistic expression either by explaining it or by rationalizing it. The three examples are from postcolonial societies with a strong dramatic tradition. They are the marriage and funeral dances of the Lugbara of northwestern Uganda, the comical tortoise (Ikaki) masquerade dance of the Kalabari of southeastern Nigeria, and the Udje dance performance of the Urhobo of midwestern Nigeria. Notes, ref.
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