Oral Literature of the Asians in East Africa

Oral Literature of the Asians in East Africa

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A further new title in this series on East African oral literature, considering East African-Indian genres of oral literature and cultures, which developed as people from India/Asia migrated to East Africa. The authors discuss how these literatures have been a source of creativity and renewal; and how they give expression to the values, perceptions and aspirations of cultures. The book is organised into sections on the socio-cultural background and historical origins of the literatures; patterns of migration and settlement in East Africa; styles in Indian literature as preserved in East Africa, common symbols, images and figures of speech; the role of the artist in literary production; and performance of oral literature. The authors further provide and discuss narratives from many genres: e.g. myths, legends, animal tales, moral stories; tales of wisdom and wit; riddles, proverbs and songs. Many passages appear in the original languages, transcribed from primary sources - in particular Gujerati; also Sindhi, Punjabi, Cutchi, Hindi, Kondani - as well as in English translation.Some of the Hindu festivals include Diwali, or festival of lights, and the Navratri, during which women and girls gather in temples, homes and ... To make the narration lively, the artist may imitate sounds representing different characters, human or animal. ... Also, puppet theatres are common in India where certain stories, epics and sagas are voiced out by backstage narrators and played out by puppets.

Title:Oral Literature of the Asians in East Africa
Author: Mubina Hassanali Kirmani, Sanaullah Kirmani
Publisher:East African Publishers - 2002

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