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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Beek, W. E. A. van
Functions of sculpture in Dogon religion
Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph
African arts -- Vol. 21, no. 4
Published By: Original publisher
African arts -- Vol. 21, no. 4
Los Angeles: African Studies Center, University of
California. 1988. 59-65, 91 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Walter E. A. van Beek
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Visual arts (5311);
Spirits and gods (776);
Sacred objects and places (778);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This article is a discussion of the religious function of
Dogon statues. The statues have a public and private use. Publically, they are found
alongside most altars, where they act as a supernatural antenna, transmitting invocations
and offerings to the gods and ancestors, and receiving in turn supernatural forces.
Privately, any individual can make a statue to request divine aid in family matters. The
statues are used again and again and grow in their power, which also makes them more
dangerous. They fall out of use when the person who made them dies. Having lost their power
they are then sold to the tourist trade.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 91)
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Ian Skoggard ;1999
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Dogons (African people)