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Gelede : a Yoruba masquerade

Author: Peggy Harper; Francis Speed
Publisher: London : Royal Anthropological Institute, 1970.
Series: Ethnographic video online, volume 1
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Among the Yoruba of Western Nigeria and Dahomey the Gelede cult honours the earth spirits, the ancestors and especially the Great Mother. The festival filmed here emphasises the status of women and placated their potentially dangerous mystic powers. The commentary emphasises that the annual Gelede festival serves a cathartic role by paying respect to women in a patriarchal society. During the course of the festival  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Encoded moving images
Nonfiction films
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Peggy Harper; Francis Speed
OCLC Number: 849667249
Language Note: This edition in English.
Notes: Title from resource description page (viewed Apr. 2, 2013).
Description: 1 online resource (22 min.).
Series Title: Ethnographic video online, volume 1
Responsibility: directed by Peggy Harper, Frank Speed.

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Among the Yoruba of Western Nigeria and Dahomey the Gelede cult honours the earth spirits, the ancestors and especially the Great Mother. The festival filmed here emphasises the status of women and placated their potentially dangerous mystic powers. The commentary emphasises that the annual Gelede festival serves a cathartic role by paying respect to women in a patriarchal society. During the course of the festival social tensions are brought out into the open and ridiculed; antagonism between the sexes is thus controlled and given a legitimate outlet. The film shows the preparation of masks and the climax of the festival in which the Great Mask appears at midnight. On the following day the lesser masks entertain, satirising the movements of women.

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