The art and culture in Africa are the most integral
part of this continent and you can see and feel it in almost everything that
you see in Africa. Its culture is the practices, history and beliefs of its
people that make it a complete unique society and its art was not just to
decorate something, but it gave meaning and value to life, customs and emotions
of each tradition that this continent has.
The art and culture in Africa always make sense of the
world and it demonstrates various phases of life, religious aspects of life and
relationship of people with nature. In African arts you will not see anything
that is unknown to world, neither it represents the world in some other form
because main motive of African art was to eliminate the fear of unknown and to
create a more familiar world to live and you can easily see it in terracotta
figures as well that are the oldest example of African arts.
The greatest thing of African art and culture is that,
it merges with each other and explain the world in most simple manner that is
not possible by any other way. It is like narrating a poetry creating a
masterpiece with various objects that people use on their daily need. This
include objects that people use for day to day need or for ceremonial purposes,
to demonstrate respect to a person or group or to show status of any person or
group leader. For this all they took help of Art and it became that's why it is
impossible to differentiate art and culture in Africa.
In African Culture they did not use books or tablets
for teaching instead of that they passed the knowledge to new generation by
sculptures, objection and direct verbal communication. By these methods they
passed their custom, traditions, knowledge and beliefs to new generator and new
generator embraced this all with open heart. In this teaching every sculpture,
mask or costume may have a different meaning, for example if it is a mask of
dual god Gulu, then it talks about life and death both while some other
sculpture may be of an ancestor who did something great for tribe or for
In African art mostly they used only those materials
that were easily available around the location, but in this art religious
activities played a key role and that's how every art piece of Africa is
somehow related with culture. If we talk about some of the best art
representation of Africa then we will find it on sculptures, masks, carvings,
headdresses, cooking bowls and so many other materials that they used for
various religious activities to get in touch with unknown world. That's why it
is impossible to separate art and culture in Africa.
Other than this the greatest thing about art and culture of Africa is that almost every civilization borrowed something from Africa for enriching their art in culture. For example, art and culture in Europe borrowed the view about life, you can see so many similarities in Mayan art and culture in North America or display of art on utensils and other day to day objects demonstrate the influence of African art on art and culture in Asia.
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