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What role does oral tradition play in African culture?

What role does oral tradition play in African culture?

Oral Traditions make it possible for a society to pass knowledge across genera- tions without writing. They help people make sense of the world and are used to teach children and adults about important aspects of their culture. There is a rich tradition throughout Africa of oral storytelling.

What role does oral history play in modern studies of life in West Africa?

West Africans passed on their history and culture through stories and oral history. The Arabs traders brought “written language” to West Africa. professional storytellers and oral historians were called “griots.” They worked for kings and nobles. They memorized and recited stories of famous people and events.

What is a griot in African history?

A griot is a West African storyteller, singer, musician, and oral historian. They train to excel as orators, lyricists and musicians. The griot keeps records of all the births, deaths, marriages through the generations of the village or family.

What is the importance of storytelling in African culture?

Storytelling in Africa provides entertainment, satisfies the curiosities of the African people, and teaches important lessons about everyday life. It is essentially a communal participatory experience.

Who are African griots?

Why was oral history important to early African historians?

Early Africanist historians went into the field, collected data on notebooks and tapes, wrote their works, and then failed to share their original evidence with others scholars. This rendered them susceptible to the charge that the authenticity of the evidence they used was unverifiable by others.

Are there any problems with oral history in Africa?

Arguing for the potential legitimacy of oral sources was just one of several problems facing historians of Africa. A second difficulty had to do with the verification of the collected evidence itself.

How are oral arts important to African culture?

Manners, customs, superstitions, ballads, proverbs, etc. are roughly the constituents of oral literature. The Oral Arts of Africa are rich and varied, developing with the beginnings of African cultures, and they remain living traditions that continue to evolve and flourish today.

Where are oral traditions found in South Africa?

In the San and Black cultures it was usually the medicine men that knew this, but in Afrikaans it is called ‘boererate’, and anybody was allowed to use them. South Africa is very rich in oral traditions. In the next unit there are some examples of stories from all over South Africa and from different cultures living in the country.