Does an African civilization exist? A dictionary to bring light on a subject that is becoming more and more topical as the recent opening of the marvellous Musée des Arts Premiers in Paris demonstrates
Describing the multifaceted reality of Sub-Saharan Africa isn’t surely an easy task, but the author of this book has skilfully succeeded in it by fitting the usual structure of the series to this particular theme.
A first substantial section of the volume is dedicated to the different ethnic groups and populations of the Black Continent and to their dislocation on the territory, an introduction that proves to be necessary to deal with this fascinating theme.
Dictionary entries range from Acephalous Societies to Slavery, from African Polytheism to Black Islam, from Masks to Sorcery, illustrating through a rich and original iconography usages and customs, cults, beliefs, rituals of populations whose traditions are disappearing