"Ethnographic History of Oromo Folklore Study Cushitic Oromo Nation, Northeast Africa (A Literary Historical Approach) (Part II)" Free Download

ASSEFA DIBABA, Indiana University

In this Part II of the project, I apply a literary historical approach to Oromo folklore as an attempt toward the search for authenticity, a renewed vision of Oromo folklore study - a view of what values should be - conceived not just in normative but also in historical terms. At its heart, the historical approach is the telling of a story about a folklore collection, documentation, and interpretation based on available credible sources. The literary analysis examines in detail a set of changes to systems of social relationships as depicted in the text; whereas, the historical analysis is a reflection of the people’s life and times which gave birth to the text (and to the artist) or a reflection of the life and times of the performer of the text.


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