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Author Willis, John Thabiti, 1976- author.

Title Masquerading politics : kinship, gender, and ethnicity in a Yoruba town / John Thabiti Willis.

Published Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.896333 WILL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 198 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm.
Series African expressive cultures.
African expressive cultures.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-190) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Early history of Otta and the origins of Egungun and Gelede -- "Children" and "wives" in the politics of the Oyo empire during the era of the Atlantic slave trade -- Emergence of new warriors, wards, and masquerades : the Otta kingdom during the era of imperial collapse -- "A thing to govern the town" : gendered masquerades and the politics of the chiefs and the monarchy in the rebuilding of a town, 1848-1859 -- Wives, warriors, and masks: kinship, gender, and ethnicity in Otta, 1871-1928 -- Conclusion : Egungun and Gelede at Otta today.
Summary In West Africa, especially among Yoruba people, masquerades have the power to kill enemies, appoint kings, and grant fertility. John Thabiti Willis takes a close look at masquerade traditions in the Yoruba town of Otta, exploring transformations in performers, performances, and the institutional structures in which masquerade was used to reveal ongoing changes in notions of gender, kinship, and ethnic identity. As Willis focuses on performers and spectators, he reveals a history of masquerade that is rich and complex. His research offers a more nuanced understanding of performance practices in Africa and their role in forging alliances, consolidating state power, incorporating immigrants, executing criminals, and projecting individual and group power on both sides of the Afro-Atlantic world.--Publisher's summary.
Subject Yoruba (African people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
Yoruba (African people) -- Nigeria -- Otta -- History.
Yoruba (African people) -- Politics and government.
Masks, Yoruba -- Nigeria -- Otta -- History.
Masquerades -- Nigeria -- Otta -- History.
Egúngún (Cult) -- Nigeria -- Otta.
Gelede (Yoruba rite) -- Nigeria -- Otta.
Otta (Nigeria) -- History.
ISBN 9780253031440 (cloth)
0253031443 (cloth)
9780253031464 (paperback)
025303146X (paperback)
9780253031457 (e-book)