Xhosa twins as a theme in conceptually motivated sculptural artworks

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dc.contributor.advisor Steele, J.
dc.contributor.advisor Du Preez, L.
dc.contributor.author Ngcai, Sonwabiso
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-31T00:02:37Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-31T00:02:37Z
dc.date.issued 2015-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10352/312
dc.description M. Tech. (Fine Art, Department of Visual Arts and Design, Faculty of Human Sciences), Vaal University of Technology| en_US
dc.description.abstract My Masters of Fine Arts degree consists of two components: the dissertation and practical works in the form of sculptures displayed as an exhibition. This body of work explores myth, belief and ritual practices relating to birth, life and death of twins in Xhosa culture. The purpose of the dissertation is to enrich and reflect on both the understanding of Xhosa ritual practices and that of my own work. The study will hopefully add significantly to the body of knowledge about Xhosa Indigenous Knowledge Systems as relating to twins. UNESCO emphasizes that Indigenous Knowledge Systems are part of immaterial cultural heritage such as languages, music and dance, festivities, rituals and traditional craftsmanship, and this cultural heritage is important for the identity of a society (Kaya & Masoga 2008:2). The choice of employing autoethnography in this qualitative study is derived from lived experience. Born as a twin in a rural Xhosa community, I experienced some unusual practices during my upbringing and thus a qualitative research method is used, involving auto-ethnography. This methodological approach aims at exploration of personal experience as a focus of investigation. The study also looks briefly at Yoruba twins as a means of finding similarities and commonalties with those of Xhosa culture. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Arts Council en_US
dc.format.extent iv, 106 leaves: illustrations en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Twins in Xhosa culture en_US
dc.subject Indigenous knowledge systems en_US
dc.subject Auto-ethnography en_US
dc.subject Yoruba twins en_US
dc.subject.ddc 730.968 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sculpture, African. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Xhosa (African people) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Twins in art en_US
dc.title Xhosa twins as a theme in conceptually motivated sculptural artworks en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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