Mbari: Art as Process in Igboland
by Herbert M. Cole
Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara
All sexual images cause laughter, sometimes embarrassed or nervous, because any open display of human sexuality is strongly forbidden in Igbo life. The "man is goat" group recalls wanton (and foolish) sex among people unable to restrain themselves. Goats to the Igbo are lewd and dumb—the group is a good lesson for children who see the mbari.