ERIC Number: EJ710229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-1
Reference Count: 3
An Ode to Ancestors
School Arts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v104 n6 p33 Feb 2005
The Fon live in the southern part of the People's Republic of Benin. They inhabit an area about the size of Connecticut. To this day, many Fon are farmers. They plant yams, corn, and cotton, and cultivate palm trees that produce palm oil. Ancient beliefs in spirits and natural powers (called vodun) that govern the world and provide a spiritual philosophy for living are still part of the Fon worldview, although many Fon have adapted the Christian faith. This article provides a brief history of the Fon and their art, along with discussion questions.
Descriptors: Artists, Art Education, African Culture, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Art History
Davis Publications, Inc., 50 Portland St., Worcester, MA 01608. Web site: http://www.davis-art.com.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Benin