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Koma: Expressions of cultural identity


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This research project investigates a recurring spread-eagled motif found in Northern Sotho rock art in the Makgabeng Plateau, Limpopo Province, South Africa. This motif is found in association with rock art that relates to boy''s initiation and protest images relating to the Maleboho war of 1894. The local inhabitants call this motif koma and say that it is part of Northern Sotho boy''s initiation. I question this living testimony and consider whether this motif forms a conceptual link between both types of Northern Sotho rock art. In the context of the complex cultural interaction in the Blouberg- Makgabeng area, I argue that this painted spread- eagled motif is a crocodile. I maintain that this important symbol not only reflects cultural identities but also plays an integral part in the construction of cultural identities.

Product Specifications
SKU :COC47226
AuthorShiona Moodley
Number of Pages80
Publishing Year2010-12-20T00:00:00.000
Edition1 st
Book TypeSociety & social sciences
Country of ManufactureIndia
Product BrandLAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Product Packaging InfoBox
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