Author(s): P. S. O. Aremu, O. J. Ajiboye & B. Abiodun
The definition of art and culture is wholly embedded in the traditional
architecture of the Yoruba people of the south-western part of Nigeria.
paper therefore highlights the relevance of culture and the artistic norms of the
Yoruba regarding their much cherished traditional architecture with special
reference to the artistic elements (figures, symbols, patterns etc,) as used to meet
the aesthetic and creative ingenuity of their architecture.
architecture encompasses interpretation and adaptation of cultural emblems that
relate to the communities where found.
When discussing African architecture
generally, we are indirectly referring to art and culture that should be considered
as a part of a whole.
This paper mainly focuses on the kings’ and chiefs’ palaces
where most of these artistic and cultural values are clearly spelt.
traditional structures are best referred to as galleries of creativity, which are
gradually turning into ruins.
The palaces are the custodians of artifacts, which
could as well be tourist centers and can also be used to establish and interpret
cultural sequence and history of the people.
traditional architecture, African, cultural values, artistic element
tourism, art, Yoruba people, artifacts.
A sense of life is the source of art says Rand in her book titled “The Romantic
She further adds that the emotion involved in art is not an emotion in
ordinary meaning of the term; it is experienced more as a “Sense” or a “feel”
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/SW100661
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