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The term African aesthetic refers to the African perception and appreciation of the nature, beauty, and value of artistic expressions or representations of African origin. It is embedded in the plurality of African cultures and embodied in people’s practices within their lived African societal contexts. It draws from and is directly related to the diverse geographical, environmental, historical, cultural, religious, or spiritual experiences of African peoples. It is therefore a significant component of African people’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage that simultaneously affirms their diversity and reinforces their cultural unity. It provides symbolic representations that communicate what it is to be an African to future generations on the continent and in the diaspora. Most Africans in the diaspora have retained some of their ...

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