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PROJECT TOPIC: SOCIO-CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS ANALYSIS OF THE OBODOM TALKING DRUM IN IKOT EKPENE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF AKWA IBOM STATE

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CHAPTER ONEINTRODUCTION1.1 Background of the StudyFrom ancient days, man has used all sorts of objects to convey meaning as a means of staying in social relation with other humans. Among these means of conveying meaning is the drum which seems to speak a proxy language that is close to the verbal language. Drums are presumed to have originated as early as 6000BC. Mesopotamian excavations discovered small cylindrical drums dated 3000BC. Inside cave in Peru several wall markings were found which show the use of drums in various aspects of communal life. The American Indians used gourds and wood to construct drums for their ritual and ceremonies; especially it is most revered among the people of Africa, where it comes in various forms and fulfills various functions (Wikipedia:86).African culture and life is closely interwoven with rhythm and dance. The rhythm is sometimes dominated by voice and the voice is the sound of the beating drums. There are many different drums that make different sounds depending on how they are made. The most known are the Talking Drums, these drums when played resemble the inflection of the voice. All these are cultural heritage and culture on the other hand is a certain way of life or living, that includes all the beliefs and values, language, customs, styles of dress, food, song and stories that belong to a group of people. Art is part of culture of any group of people that one can think off. Annang traditional art created by the ancestors who predominantly masks and figures like drums which were generally used in traditional plays, celebrations, religious ceremonies and ritual festivals.



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