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7134 -- KUBIK, GERHARD

Tusona Luchazi Ideographs. A graphic tradition of West-Central Africa
(Studien zur Ethnopsychologie und Ethnopsychoanalyse 6)
Wien: Lit Verlag 2006
365 pp., Euro 29.80; ISBN 3-8258-7601-2
Keywords: tusona ideographs, Luchazi, Chokwe, Lwena, graphic systems, ideographs, symbolism, oral texts, memory

##Various graphic systems designed to express and transmit ideas or to convey messages were known in sub-Saharan Africa in pre-colonial times, ideographic and pictographic systems. One of the most intriguing of these traditions, known across eastern Angola into northwestern Zambia, among speakers of Luchazi, Chokwe, Lwena and related languages is the tusona ideographs. This work is a fascinating excursion into symbolism, the remote history of eastern Angola, Luchazi oral literature, mathematics, graphic art and communication.## The tusona (graphic systems "to express ideas and to convey messages") in this book have been collected from about a dozen people.

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