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The subjects as containers

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A pot-king is a monarch that identifies with a container and behaves as such. If this is the case, it puts a premium on similar identifications by his subjects. They must embody the corresponding sensori-motor conducts. Otherwise, there would be a mismatch between them and the king, and possibly conflicts of identifications. The bodily conducts of the pot-king would not be in gear with the body politic. The list of containers on, or with which people worked can now be completed with the palm oil and camwood bowl, the skin of Maangye Bi, Agnes, Taneshwim and Su', the surface of the calabash and the hearth stone considered as the material metonymy of the house of Foba. It all adds up to about 20 different motor conducts applied to two dozen containers. This is what the author mean when talking of a "sensori-motor culture" propped against a given material culture.

Keywords: Container; Maangye Bi; material culture; pot-king; sensori-motor conducts; Taneshwim

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