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Title:Oral Tradition in Central Africa
Author:MacGaffey, WyattISNI
Year:1974
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Volume:7
Issue:3
Pages:417-426
Language:English
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:oral history
historiography
Education and Oral Traditions
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/217252
Abstract:The modern willingness to employ indigenous texts and concepts for historiograpic purposes is not enough unless the cosmologies that generate them can first be understood. To illustrate this viewpoint the author analyses Kongo and other traditions from west central Africa, with reference to the work of Jan Vansina and W.G.L. Randles among others. Central in the analysis is the word 'mpenda', which means chalk or chalk white, and refers to the colour of the dead. Notes.
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