Borana Folk Tales: A Contextual Study

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Haan Publishing, 2002 - History - 183 pages
The Borana people of southern Ethiopia have a rich and complex oral literature. However, what is not so well known, beyond the Oromo-speaking Borana and the few outsiders who have studied it, is the literature itself. With the adoption of orthography for the language in recent decades, scholars like Kidane have turned their attention to the documentation and preservation of the orally transmitted literature, which is the vehicle for the history, and values of the people.

This folkloric collection and the accompanying contextual material provide insights to the cultural and social patterns of Borana life, whilst the stories make their contribution to the body of world literature - where they will find echoes in many places. Arranged in three sections, the study first gives a detailed analysis of the role, function and breadth of the literature, then significant examples of stories in translation, and finally some of the stories in their native Oromo.

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Contents

Descriptive Analysis
13
The Narratives In The Context Of Folklore Performance
38
Function Usage and Local Aesthetics
52
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