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Title:From Clay to Metal: Culture Change and Container Usage among the Bariba of Northern Benin, West Africa
Authors:Sargent, Carolyn F.
Friedel, David A.
Periodical:African Archaeological Review
Geographic term:Benin
material culture
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Anthropology and Archaeology
Abstract:In the course of a continuing investigation of medical belief and practice among the Bariba of northern Bénin carried out by the first author, some observations on material culture, and ceramics in particular, were made by the second author. Both lines of inquiry were carried out by means of interview schedules, survey and participant observation. Subsequent analysis revealed a significant connection between these distinctive domains of Bariba life. While Bariba medical belief and practice is undergoing major transformation in the face of government-sponsored Western or cosmopolitan medicine, traditional practice is being perpetuated through a particular category of pottery vessel, the production, distribution and use of which for the preparation of traditional medicines is sustained in the face of a general and rapid shift to metal containers for cooking and general household use. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French.