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Author Herbert, Eugenia W., author.

Title Iron, gender, and power : rituals of transformation in African societies / Eugenia W. Herbert
Published Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, [1993]


Description 1 online resource (xii, 277 pages) : illustrations, map
Series African systems of thought
African systems of thought.
Contents Introduction: Techniques and Cosmology -- pt. 1. Those Who Play with Fire: African Metallurgy as Epic Drama. 1. The Actors and the Artifacts. 2. Rituals of Transformation and Procreation. 3. Rituals of Transformation: Exclusions and Taboos. 4. The Smith and the Forge. 5. Ironmaking and Belief -- pt. 2. Symmetrics and Asymmetries: Power and Fertility. 6. Le Roi-Forgeron. 7. Of Forests and Furnaces, Anvils and Antelopes. 8. Potters and Pots. Conclusion: Anthropomorphism and the Genderization of Power -- Appendix: Reconstructions of Iron Smelting in Africa
Summary Herbert relates the beliefs and practices associated with iron working in African cultures to other transformative activities--chiefly investiture, hunting, and pottery making--to propose a gender/age-based theory of power Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-270) and index
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Subject Industries -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Iron industry and trade -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Iron -- Africa, Sub-Saharan -- Folklore
Cosmology, African.
Power (Social sciences)
Sex role -- Africa, Sub-Saharan
Iron -- Africa, Sub-Saharan -- Folklore
Cosmology, African
Iron industry and trade
Power (Social sciences)
Rites and ceremonies
Sex role
Sub-Saharan Africa
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780585019529