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Gli amanti dell'al di là. Una presenza ultraterrena tra i Baule della Costa d'Avorio

Egidio Cossa
La Ricerca Folklorica
No. 16, La cultura della bambola (Oct., 1987), pp. 89-92
Published by: Grafo Spa
DOI: 10.2307/1479110
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1479110
Page Count: 4
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Abstract

This paper concern the social implications associated to a very particular art production of the Ivory Coast Baule. In Baule opinion every human being has an "other world lover" who, if neglected, may affect his real partner with serious sexual problems. To solve this kind of sicknesses it's necessary to carve the other world lover and to concede to him/her one night a week more uxorio. Though the wooden portrait of one's other world lover is still carved following traditional aesthetical models, it now shows formal innovations connected with the new social strains and expectations experimented by Baule people and due to the increasing western fashions.

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