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Title:Firro and Slufay: Traditional Litanies of the Iraqw
Author:Kamera, Willy D.
Periodical:African Study Monographs
Geographic term:Tanzania
rites of passage
oral poetry (form)
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://jambo.africa.kyoto-u.ac.jp/kiroku/asm_normal/abstracts/pdf/ASM%20%20Vol.8%20No.4%201988/W.%20D.%20KAMERA.pdf
Abstract:The verbal texts accompanying the calendrical and critical rituals among the Iraqw of northern Tanzania provide an appropriate ground for discussing and exposing the texts as examples of Iraqw traditional poetry, and a genre of oral literature. 'Firro' falls under the critical petitions addressed to 'Loa', the supreme goddess, in case of disaster. The length of the text depends on the number and magnitude of the problems, and the words are not in a set order. The critical situation occasioning 'firro' requests provides the occasion for therapeutic rites which enable the participants to identify, expose and confront societal afflictions. The 'slufay' thanksgiving litanies, on the other hand, accompany recurrent annual events regulated by the traditional almanac and provide the occasion for ceremonial rites. The compositions are celebrative and panegyrical and are a recitation and a commemoration of the traditional history of the Iraqw. The author presents several 'firro' and 'slufay' texts, in Iraqw and in English (both literal and free translations). Abstr., bibliogr., note.