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List of illustrations

  • Mende script
  • Map of Mendeland (Southern and Eastern Provinces in Sierra Leone)
  • Mende Sowo mask in Sande ceremony
  • Two Mende Women (Sande)
  • Mende girls painted with hojo
  • Mende girl painted with hojo
  • Mende woman wearing fengbė
  • Mende women--Sowo and Ligba Wa
  • Ndoli Jowei
  • Klėi (Klawa)
  • Mende woman--Sowo
  • Mende women
  • Mende girl painted with hojo
  • Mende Sowo mask in Sande ceremony (view of kpanguima in the distance)
  • Smiling Mende women and girls (nya mbaa in kpanguima)
  • Mende woman wearing njabu patterned dress
  • Mende women
  • Food from a kpanguima
  • Mende women with herbal wreaths
  • Mende girls (nyaha)
  • Mende girl painted with hojo
  • Mende girl painted with hojo
  • Mende women and children
  • Mende girls singing
  • Mende woman cooking
  • Mende women singing
  • Mende girls performing
  • Mende women
  • Mende woman
  • Mende woman
  • Mende woman
  • Mende girls
  • Mende girl
  • Mende mother and child
  • Mende mother and child
  • Mende girl
  • Mende woman
  • Mende girls painted with hojo
  • Mende mother and child
  • Mende woman's hands at work
  • Mende woman at work
  • Mende woman and child
  • Sowo dancer in crowd
  • Mende girl smiling
  • Mende woman
  • Mende girls
  • Mende girl
  • Mende women
  • Mende women and girls (haenjo ceremony)
  • Mende women and girls (haenjo ceremony)
  • Mende woman smiling
  • Mende girl and child
  • Mende girl
  • Sowo mask
  • Sowo mask
  • Sowo mask
  • Sowo masks
  • Mende, Sowo Masks, Bundu Dancers, Kenema, Sierra Leone
  • Sowo mask
  • Sowo mask, detail of neck rings
  • Sowo mask, detail of ear
  • Sowo mask
  • Sowo mask, detail of forehead
  • Mende girl with headscarf
  • Mende woman
  • Sowo mask
  • Mende girl with braided hair
  • Mende woman with headscarf
  • Mende girls braiding hair
  • Sowo mask
  • Sowo mask
  • Mende girls painted with hojo and wearing crocheted caps
  • Mende dancer with Sowo mask
  • Sowo mask with snake and bird adornment
  • Sowo mask with snake adornment
  • Sowo mask with bird adornment
  • Sowo mask with bird adornment
  • Sowo mask with bird adornment
  • Sowo mask with crocodile adornment
  • Sowo mask with horn adornments
  • Mende woman with kettle
  • Mende girl with cowrie bead necklace
  • Sowo mask with amulet
  • Sowo mask with crests
  • Sowei mask with crown
  • Sowo mask
  • Sowo mask and costume
  • Sowo mask and costume
  • Sowo mask
  • Legs of Mende girls painted with hojo
  • Mende woman and Sowo mask
  • Sowo dancer's costume, detail of bells
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Description: Radiance from the Waters: Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Mende Art
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Description: Radiance from the Waters: Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Mende Art
~This book is in honor and praise of Sowei, the wise women who are the leaders of the Sande Society. It is they who create the settings and situations in which Sande’s lofty concepts and ideals are translated into a human program for female advancement. I want to express my admiration to the Sowei, and to all Mende women my appreciation for...
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Description: Radiance from the Waters: Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Mende Art
~The Mende people of Sierra Leone say: Hani gbė lewe ma ngele ya nja gbili kaangȯ kpowa ėė tȯ—“There is a thing passing in the sky; some thick clouds surround it; the uninitiated...
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~The history of the West Atlantic coast of Africa, the entire “Upper Guinea Coast” area, is presently the subject of intense debate among historians, anthropologists, and ethnolinguists. In the past...
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~The Sande Society is one of the most powerful patrons of the arts in West Africa. Over the years the society has commissioned thousands of pieces of sculpture for use in its educational and social projects. The documentary opportunities provided by a study of this society are extraordinary. Sande is most important for a study of women and art in contemporary...
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~Kpanguima, the sacred Sande initiation grove, is a world apart. The Sande Society builds it as a special place where Sowei rules by Sande concepts and laws. Within the walls of the kpanguima, the women congregate for a Sande session; they separate themselves from the rest of the community and gather together in their own...
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Mende think that human beings comprise the most interesting category of things in the world...
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~The Sande Society is a concept, an ideal, an organization, a body of knowledge, a collection of objects, a fellowship of women. The society is sacred, and its communion is secret. Sowo, the classical Sande Society mask, is the embodiment of the society, a presentation which Sande has designed to ennoble its members and strengthen the larger community. In Sowo the...
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~In a lament at the sudden death of a young Mende woman, an older Sande nyaha cries: “Let us not hear this! My child, big forehead, woman with plenty of hair, what brought this for you? My Sande-girl!” Another intones, “Do not leave me, Ô big forehead, Ô my child, fine neck!” A woman relative, after listing the...
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~Most of the photographs for Radiance from the Waters were taken on location in Sierra Leone by the talented photographer Rebecca Busselle. I was fortunate in having from her a marvelous choice of images that so well illustrate the ideas and concepts of this book; I feel that the aesthetic arguments made by the text are amply supported by her pictures. Specifically, the Busselle photographs are figures 3–8, 10–15, 17–30, 32–35,...
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