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Art of Mythical Composition and Narration, The: Dagara White Bagr (Electronic book text)
Art of Mythical Composition and Narration, The: Dagara White Bagr (Electronic book text): Alexis B. Tengan
Art of Mythical Composition and Narration, The: Dagara White Bagr (Electronic book text): Alexis B. Tengan

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Art of Mythical Composition and Narration, The: Dagara White Bagr (Electronic book text)

Alexis B. Tengan

Series: African Thoughts and Perspectives

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Throughout history, oral cultures lacking the medium of writing have relied on secret cults and societies to keep the authoritative versions of their sacred compositions, originally passed on to them as myths of divine origins, alive and remembered.
In this book, the author, after many years spent observing secret rites, presents different versions of the White "Bagr" mythical narrative, following the ritual calendar. These rites, which are found among the Dagara/Lobi societies in West Africa, form a crucial part of the year-long rites of initiation of selected neophytes into "bagr" society.
In addition to giving a detailed ethnographic description of this society, its initiation rites and a bilingual version of their mythical narrations, the author seeks to explain how memory is constructed, retained and transmitted in orature, and what it takes to give a proper oration, without errors, slips of the tongue and deviation, as well as examining how the performance is critically received by "bagr" society and the Dagara people.

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Imprint: Peter Lang Publishing
Country of origin: United States
Series: African Thoughts and Perspectives
Release date: 2012
Authors: Alexis B. Tengan
Format: Electronic book text
ISBN-13: 978-1-299-43102-7
Barcode: 9781299431027
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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Non-Christian religions > Ethnic or tribal religions
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Non-Christian religions > Ethnic or tribal religions
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Non-Christian religions > Ethnic or tribal religions > General
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Non-Christian religions > Ethnic or tribal religions > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Ethnic studies
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Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social institutions > Customs & folklore > Folklore
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary theory
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Myths & mythology
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Myths & mythology
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > Social & cultural anthropology
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LSN: 1-299-43102-X

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