Apr 25, 2024  
2018-2019 University Bulletin 
    
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BWS 254 - The Black Madonna

3 hours
The recognition and deification of the African female has its roots in prehistory (Paleolithic era). This course will examine the reverence of the African female as evidenced in the rock art of North, East, and South Africa. We will follow the trail of the deified black mother out of Africa and into the Grimaldi art of old Europe, and the carvings and sculptures of India and other Asian destinations. Finally, we will ponder her persistent worship and recognition in many parts of modern-day Europe, with particular attention to the black Madonna phenomenon in France. The course offers insight into the history of African women.



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