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Przestrzeń życia jako przestrzeń sakralna na przykładzie ludu Konkomba z północnego Togo

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Living space as sacred spae: A case study from Konkomba people of North Togo
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Adherents of traditional religions use two ways of relating to space; one is a cosmic dimension and the other is in the living area dimension. Generally speaking the first type of relationship puts in order the vastness of the cosmos through sacralization of celestial bodies and natural phenomena, whereas the latter demarcates on living spaces "intimacy circles", which vary in the intensity of their sacredness. Using the Konkomba People of North Togo, as an example, the author presents various ways these people relate to space in their daily lives. By analyzing the farmsteads of the Konkomba from the perspective of the sacred places, where sacrifices are per- formed, the author delineates izosacral lines in the form of circles with a dwelling-huta in the centre. The intensity of sacredness in terms of living space coincidently corresponds with the location where life is being created, and this in fact is an appropriate room for marital sexual relations. Inside the hut, various stages in the rites of passage as well as rituals aimed at overcoming afflictions of individuals are performed. The front of the hut and graves are used as natural spots for sacrificial offerings to their ancestors. The crossroads mark the border line of what is domesticated and under their control as living space. This crossroads become the meeting places where the Konkomba People encounter the unknown and uncontrollable elements coming from the bush. Both cosmic and living spaces are coupled in an earth cult. For what would a woman's fertility mean without fertile soil, which sustains life and guaranties prosperity?
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