• Oral Literature Of The Maasai

Oral Literature Of The Maasai

Oral Literature Of The Maasai

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  • Author
    Naomi Kipuri
  • Publisher
    African Books Collective
  • Publication date
    29 December 1983

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Oral Literature Of The Maasai

  • Author

    Naomi Kipuri

  • Date Published

    29 December 1983

  • Publisher

    African Books Collective

  • Pages

    280 pages

  • ISBN

    9789966566058

Book Description

Oral Literature of the Maasai offers an extensive collection of types of oral literature: oral narratives; proverbs; riddles; and a variety of songs for different occasions. The versions in this book were collected by the author from a specific Maasai community in Kajiado County of Kenya. The author listened to many of the narratives and participated in many proverb and riddle telling sessions as she grew up in her Ilbissil village of Kajiado Central Sub-county. However, she recorded most of the examples of oral literature in the early seventies with the help of her mother, who performed the role of the oral artist. Many songs were recorded from live performances. The examples ring with individuality, while also revealing a comprehensive way of life of a people. The images in the literature reveal the concrete life of the Maasai people living closely with their livestock and engaged in constant struggle with the environment. But like all important literature, the materials here ultimately reveal a people with its moral and spiritual concerns, grappling with questions of human values and relations, struggling for a better social order.

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