Oral Literature of the Embu and Mbeere by Ciarunji Chesaina
(Poets of Africa Series, 12)

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This is a new title from the Kenyan publisher who is publishing works of scholarship on the oral literature of the different groups in Kenya. The background is the rich repository in oral literature of the enduring wisdom and cultural values of the peoples of Africa. Within the proverbs and riddles, oral narratives and songs, philosophical and material cultures are captured and expressed. These ethnic-based oral literature titles seek to preserve this wisdom in the written form. The literature of the Embu and Mbeere of Eastern Kenya is fully explored here by a renowned scholar and writer on oral literature. She covers the historical and cultural background; genres of oral literature and their performance; form and style; and the social functions of oral literature. Literary texts examined are narratives, oral poetry, proverbs, and riddles and puzzles.
 

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Published April 1, 1997 by East African Educ Pr. 211 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction