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Symbolism and Communicative Contents of Dreadlocks in Yorubaland (Hardcover) (Augustine Agwuele)
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This book offers an interpretation of Yoruba people’s affectiveresponses to an adult Yoruba male with a ‘deviant’ hairstyle. The work, whichviews hairstyles as a form of symbolic communicative signal that encodesmessages that are perceived and interpreted within a culture, provides anontological and epistemological interpretation of Yoruba beliefs regardingdreadlocks with real-life illustrations of their treatment of an adult malewith what they term irun were (insane person’s hairdo). Based onexperiential observations as well as socio-cultural and linguistic analyses,the book explores the dynamism of Yoruba worldview regarding head-hair withincontemporary belief systems and discusses some of the factors that assure itscontinuity. It concludes with a cross-cultural comparison of the perceptions ofdreadlocks, especially between Nigerian Yoruba people and African AmericanYoruba practitioners.