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Oral Literature of the Asians in East Africa Mubina Hassanali Kirmani

Oral Literature of the Asians in East Africa

Mubina Hassanali Kirmani

Published January 1st 2005
ISBN : 9789966250858
Paperback
140 pages
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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 literaturesMoreA 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.