Document Type

Dissertation

Date of Degree

Fall 2014

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Art History

First Advisor

Christopher D. Roy

Abstract

The Royal Palace of Dahomey, which stands in varied states of decay and restoration in Abomey, Benin, has been subject to change and manipulation throughout its history (c. 1645-present). This dissertation focuses on its transformations during the French colonial and post-colonial periods and investigates how the palace functions as a site for religious ceremonies, a center for political struggle, and a symbol of non-European identity. It documents what physical transformations the palace complex underwent in relation to its changing roles, explores the ethics of external political forces, and investigates what influence the palace and royal history have had on contemporary identity and domestic architecture.

Keywords

Abomey, Architecture, Dahomey, Kingdom, Tohosu, Vodun

Pages

xii, 322 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-322).

Copyright

Copyright © 2014 Lynne Ann Ellsworth Larsen

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