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Fighting for honor : the history of African martial art traditions in the Atlantic world

Author: M Thomas J Desch-Obi
Publisher: Columbia, SC : University of South Carolina Press, ©2008.
Series: Carolina lowcountry and the Atlantic world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The presence of African influence and tradition in the Americas has long been recognized in art, music, language, agriculture, and religion. T. J. Desch Obi explores another cultural continuity that is as old as eighteenth-century slave settlements in South America and as contemporary as hip hop culture. In this thorough survey of African martial arts techniques, Obi maps the translation of numerous physical combat  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M Thomas J Desch-Obi
ISBN: 9781570037184 1570037183
OCLC Number: 177820081
Description: xi, 346 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: divining an approach --
Birth of traditions --
From across the Kalunga: pastoral pugilism in southern Angola to 1860 --
Bloodless duels: combative custom in Biafra to 1860 --
Across the Kalunga --
Enslaved honor: the utility of martial art in North America --
Return passages: ritual and revolutionary liberation from bondage in the francophone Caribbean --
Urban inversions: combat societies in Rio de Janeiro --
Conclusion: embodied traditions.
Series Title: Carolina lowcountry and the Atlantic world.
Responsibility: T.J. Desch Obi.
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