African Kings: Portraits of a Disappearing Era

African Kings Portraits of a Disappearing Era Even today there are close to tribal kings in Africa vestiges of a former age their ancient traditions preserved their wisdom and power still honored A portal into these worlds of mysterious rit

  • Title: African Kings: Portraits of a Disappearing Era
  • Author: Daniel Laine
  • ISBN: 9781580082242
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Even today there are close to 100 tribal kings in Africa, vestiges of a former age their ancient traditions preserved, their wisdom and power still honored A portal into these worlds of mysterious rites, ancient customs, and fantastic finery, AFRICAN KINGS takes us into the inner circle of 70 of these tribes in the person of their king Gorgeous formal portraits of each kEven today there are close to 100 tribal kings in Africa, vestiges of a former age their ancient traditions preserved, their wisdom and power still honored A portal into these worlds of mysterious rites, ancient customs, and fantastic finery, AFRICAN KINGS takes us into the inner circle of 70 of these tribes in the person of their king Gorgeous formal portraits of each king, in full regalia, are accompanied by brief biographies and historical notes on the tribe and the rituals and history associated with each ruler AFRICAN KINGS introduces us to a way of life rarely glimpsed, with anthropological roots as deep as any on the earth, as they make the transition into a new millennium Includes a historical introduction that provides an overview of the king s role in African tribes.

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    1. Phenomenal book that photographs 70 of the extant kings of Africa in ceremonial robes but familiar surroundings. Some of these kings are very powerful rulers with palaces, courts and many retainers. Others are photographed in generally exotic and regal robes but rather poor homes with dirty shutters and a sole retainer in rags but who still retain a spiritual power over their people. The book includes a woman king who is not allowed to marry men and so has wives and a white high-noble: the only [...]

    2. A collection of photographs of kings across Africa. Really interesting to see the differences between them -- some of them are so obviously influenced by Europeans in their regalia, while others are more traditional; some clearly display tremendous wealth, while others show little in the way of material advantage.The text is a mix of brief biography of the individual kings -- and a lone South African queen, who is not permitted to marry a man but has multiple wives -- and brief history of other [...]

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