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Cette eau-là mange les gens – vie et mort sur la berge en pays igbo (Nigeria)

Ugochukwu, Francoise (2008). Cette eau-là mange les gens – vie et mort sur la berge en pays igbo (Nigeria). Cahiers de littérature orale(61) pp. 177–195.

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Abstract

This study, based on a corpus of some eighty folktales collected in Igboland (Nigeria) between 1972 and 1987, considers the role of water – rivers, streams, lakes and the ocean – in the daily life of characters. It reveals the ambiguous role of water, the difference between generous rivers and deadly lakes, and highlights a totally different approach marked by gender characteristics, with male characters using the water and females receiving from it. It also acts as a showcase of popular beliefs and water cults in Southern Nigeria and the Niger delta. Beyond revealing ambiguous representations of water, Igbo folktales emphasize its centrality and its pivotal role in Igbo life and culture.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2008 Not known
ISSN: 0396-891X
Keywords: Nigeria; Igbo; folktales; water; orality; cosmology
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 10792
Depositing User: Françoise Ugochukwu
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 12:56
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/10792
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