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Unformatted text preview: 1. Elite Literature- Written 2. Popular Literature- folklore II. Genres of African Oral Literature a. Prose Tales: These inclined towards speech rather than chanting or singing i. Principle form is tale ii. Takes in various elements of history, myth, legends iii. Generally preformed in early evenings into slightly late nights b. Myths: Basically an explanatory model of events, phenomenon, occurrences, etc. i. Example: Dogon (present day Mali) cosmology about creation c. Poetry d. Narrative Epic e. Occupational Poetry: directly associated with specific profession f. Cult Poetry: used as aide to practice medicine, during rituals, and tool for divination g. Praise Songs: used for individuals, events, people of status, families...
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- Fall '07
- ADEMOYO, A