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Title:Vili genesis stories: texts and analysis
Author:Görög-Karady, V.ISNI
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Geographic term:Congo (Republic of)
Subjects:race relations
folk tales
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4618106
Abstract:The author has collected from Felix Tambaud, a student knowledgeable in Vili (Congo Republic) oral literature, ten stories bearing on the origin of the inequality of the races. These texts motivated her to return to a question that had interested her for a long time: understanding how the theme of racial differentiation is articulated in African oral narrative tradition. The particularity of the stories told by Tambaud lies in the fact that they reverse the ideological message communicated by analogous narratives which were analysed (by the present author) in 'Noirs et Blancs, leur image dans la littérature orale africaine' (Paris, Selaf, 1976). In the present article the narrative themes and ideological viewpoint of the Tambaud stories are only briefly outlined. The author concentrates on the central elements that can be classed or interpreted by analogy with the above mentioned large corpus of African etiological narratives. Before presenting the texts, the author provides a few details on the conditions of her collection. App., notes, tab.