Encyclopaedia of South African Arts, Culture and Heritage

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The Encyclopaedia of South African Arts, Culture and Heritage (ESAACH) is a wiki-based online encyclopaedia focussed on South African arts, culture and heritage studies.

The encyclopaedia is divided into four broad research areas, namely the verbal arts (i.e. orature, poetry, drama, prose fiction, biography, children’s literature etc.), the performing arts (music, dance, theatre, film, video etc.), the visual arts (painting, sculpture, graphic art, photography, drawing, mural painting, paper works, tapestry, fibre art, installation works, computer graphics, fashion design, crafts, etc.) and heritage (including rites of passage, indigenous knowledge systems, belief systems, value systems such as ubuntu, customs and traditions, various other cultural practices).

It was initiated by Mbulelo Mzamane, Director of the Centre for African Literary Studies (CALS) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2009.

For more information about the project, see the ESAACH website at http://esaach.org.za/



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