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African Oral Traditions. By Devon Kelley, Jamie Fletcher, and Ali Paris. Introduction. Stories in Ancient Africa. Told Orally Explained, Entertained and Taught Ethical and Moral Principles Moral in “A Cow Tail Switch” a man is not really dead until he is forgotten. Interesting Facts.

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african oral traditions

AfricanOralTraditions

By Devon Kelley, Jamie Fletcher, and Ali Paris

introduction

Introduction

Stories in Ancient Africa

Told Orally

Explained, Entertained and Taught Ethical and Moral Principles

Moral in “A Cow Tail Switch” a man is not really dead until he is forgotten

interesting facts
Interesting Facts
  • Human cultures in the world create stories (narratives) as a way of making sense of the world
  • African society value good stories and storytellers
  • African stories end with a meaningful moral
  • African folktales are not written, but verbally passed down in the African cultures for many generations
a cow tail switch
A Cow Tail Switch
  • The main characters are Ogaloussa, his wife and sons
  • Ogaloussa goes hunting in forest and never returns
  • At first, his sons miss him, but after a while,they go on with their lives
  • Ogaloussa’s wife gives birth to another son, Puli, who asks for his father
  • This prompts the sons to search and discover their father was dead
  • The sons put life back into their father
  • During the celebration of his return, Ogaloussa kills a cow and makes a beautiful switch
  • He gives the switch to Puli saying,”to the son who remembered me”.
connection
Connection
  • Excellent example of a ethnic African story
  • Moral: Man is not dead until he is forgotten.
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