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Title:Myth as Reality
Author:Heusch, Luc de
Year:1988
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Volume:18
Issue:3
Period:October
Pages:200-215
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:monarchy
myths (form)
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/1580939.pdf
Abstract:A translation of the French text of the Malinowski lecture, held by the author in New York, May 1984. The author considers founding myths a significant component of social reality; it is the way a society talks about itself not in order to justify the existing order but in order to constitute its own empirical reality through an original language. In order to highlight these aspects in connection with sacred kingship, he analyses royal myths from the Dogon of Mali, the Mundang of Chad, and the Luba of Zaire. Bibliogr., note.
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