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Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy / Edition 1

Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy / Edition 1

by Robert Farris Thompson
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This landmark book shows how five African civilizations -- Yoruba, Kongo, Ejagham, Mande and Cross River -- have informed and are reflected in the aesthetic, social and metaphysical traditions (music, sculpture, textiles, architecture, religion, idiogrammatic writing) of black people in the United States, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, Mexico, Brazil and other places in the New World.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900394723692
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1984
Edition description: 1st Vintage Books ed
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Farris Thompson is the author of, among other works, Black Gods and Kings, African Art in Motion, and Flash of the Spirit. He has been a Ford Foundation Fellow and has mounted major exhibitions of African art at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. He is Col. John Trumbull Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, where he is also Master of Timothy Dwight College. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

1Black Saints Go Marching In: Yoruba Art and Culture in the Americas1
2The Sign of the Four Moments of the Sun: Kongo Art and Religion in the Americas101
3The Rara of the Universe: Vodun Religion and Art in Haiti161
4Round Houses and Rhythmized Textiles: Mande-Related Art and Architecture in the Americas193
5Emblems of Prowess: Ejagham Art and Writing in Two Worlds225

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