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The Structure and Function of Yoruba Facial Scarification

The Structure and Function of Yoruba Facial Scarification Among the Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria, one commonly encounters people with different patterns of facial stripes produced by scarification. It has long been observed that such stripes are labels of clan identification among the Yoruba. This article considers facial stripes from a structural viewpoint, and shows that the attested patterns are rooted in Yoruba number symbolism. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anthropological Linguistics University of Nebraska Press

The Structure and Function of Yoruba Facial Scarification

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Publisher
University of Nebraska Press
ISSN
1944-6527

Abstract

Among the Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria, one commonly encounters people with different patterns of facial stripes produced by scarification. It has long been observed that such stripes are labels of clan identification among the Yoruba. This article considers facial stripes from a structural viewpoint, and shows that the attested patterns are rooted in Yoruba number symbolism.

Journal

Anthropological LinguisticsUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Feb 1, 2012

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