The religious recluse of the Oro cult and Yoruba bardic tradition

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Shola Balogun

This study examines the indigenous institution of the Oro cult, its organizations and the various dramatic components embedded in the nocturnal processions of its religious recluse.

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Theatre Aesthetics in Pre-Colonial Africa

Dan Kitwood

 

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Shola Balogun

To assert that the indigenous cults and rituals, as well as traditional religious festivals, are not mere ‘dramatic circumstances’, erudite scholars of African literature have carried out a lot of research extensively on the subject.

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Traditional Religious Festival as Theatre

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Shola Balogun

‘Oro’ is a secret society whose cultic ceremony is connected with ancestral worship. Its festival performances begin with the offering of sacrifices in the shrine known as ‘Igbo Ooto’ (Oro grove).

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The Tragic Conventions In African Plays

Patrick Willocq

 

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Shola Balogun

The traditional Africa is undoubtedly communal. The passivity and conformity of the African under a compelling authority can be explained in accordance with his affirmation of self-will and perception of collective spirit. His penchant for honour is far more intricate and demonstrably cultural.

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Satire and Comic Ribaldry in a Traditional African Theatre

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Shola Balogun

The interplay of satire and comic ribaldry as a specified art of the traditional Yoruba gelede theatre and its aesthetic framework within postcolonial African experience can be interrogated as a provenance to the place of folk theatre in contemporary theatre arts theory and criticism.

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‘In Jerusalem’ by the Mystic Poet Siam

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Shola Balogun

A mystic poet is one not only with a higher level of creative talent but also one whose spiritual vision presents both a distinct form of language and prophetic minstry, comprising love poems with revolutionary themes and protest. Mystical poetry experience,with all its stunning imageries, finds a deeper interpretation and dimension in SIAM.

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