De l’ethnologie à la littérature enfantine, à la découverte des Pygmées.
Nsukka Journal of Humanities(1) pp. 75–89.
In the primary Equatorial forest of Central Africa, still live between 200,000 and 300,000 Pygmies. Known from Antiquity, they were only studied only since the end of the 19th century. The last twenty years saw a tremendous development of Pygmy studies. At the same time, children's literature developed on them. This study analyses the content of two children's books (Mangazou and Waki) and compares their depiction of the environment, the social, political and religious oragnisation of the Pygmies, their economy and folklore, and the relations between them and the neighbouring villagers, with information given in some ten scientific publications on the subject. The conclusion shows children;s literature as taking part in the development of Pygmy studies and being a successful attempt at vulgarisation.
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