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Awogu-Maduagwu, Edith Abisola (2016) DRUM AND MASK: INTERROGATING SYMBOLS OF DIALOGUE TRADITIONAL AFRICAN THEATRE. Journal bf t he Department of Classics, 29. pp. 145-158.

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Much work has been done in the research of elements of traditional theatrical forms often with unitary analyses of the multi -channeled codes of the drum, mask, songs, and costume . This disintegrative analytic method often adopted by the culturally di stanced scholar pose a problem of translation and understanding for phenomena that are experienced as interrelated, fused forms. Hence, this paper examines the interplay of masks and drums as icons of visual and "vocal" dialogue in traditional drama among the Yoruba and lgbo peoples of West Africa. The research aims to highlight the inclusion of drumming into African Pentecostal Christianity. Relevant commentaries from other cultures will be employed to highlight the points of the research where necessary. The rich store of existing data on traditional Yoruba and lgbo festivals provides the model for this discussion. Saunders Pei rce's Semiotic theory is adopted as a theoretical tool while li brary and Internet resources provide commentaries for the work. The research is expected to make a contribution to knowledge on the nature of symbolic communication in t raditional theatre.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Drumming, Masking, Dance, Christianity, Symbolism
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2018 18:06
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2018 18:06

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