Benin in West African architecture

Recent or traditional architecture in West Africa can be and has been studied as an important dimension in the cultural development of the peoples. In Benin (Nigeria), as elsewhere in West Africa, form and material techniques reveal local ecological adaptations. Adaptive features include the use of readily available twigs, clay, and various thatch leaves. Apart from the form of West African architecture, spatial provisions reflect concern for individual privacy as well as formalized distancing needed in magic, ritual or for religious purposes. The spatial isolation of women appears to be maladaptive and is related to magico-political control. Bibliogr., sum.

Title: Benin in West African architecture
Author: Omokhodion, Dem.
Year: 1988
Periodical: West African Journal of Archaeology
Volume: 18
Pages: 73-80
Language: English
Geographic term: Nigeria
Abstract: Recent or traditional architecture in West Africa can be and has been studied as an important dimension in the cultural development of the peoples. In Benin (Nigeria), as elsewhere in West Africa, form and material techniques reveal local ecological adaptations. Adaptive features include the use of readily available twigs, clay, and various thatch leaves. Apart from the form of West African architecture, spatial provisions reflect concern for individual privacy as well as formalized distancing needed in magic, ritual or for religious purposes. The spatial isolation of women appears to be maladaptive and is related to magico-political control. Bibliogr., sum.