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Title:The form, style and poetic quality of Kambatta riddles
Author:Matthews, Berhanu
Year:2003
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies
Volume:36
Issue:1
Period:June
Pages:19-39
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:Kambata
oral literature
riddles
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
Folk literature
Kambata (African people)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41966142
Abstract:The Kambatta constitute an important ethnic group in southern Ethiopia. Some genres of Kambatta oral literature are severely threatened by the teachings of Protestant Christianity. One genre that is still struggling to survive the pressures of religion in Kambatta is the riddle. During fieldwork carried out in 1999, the author, in order to preserve Kambatta riddles, collected the 43 riddles used in the present study in the three major districts of Kambatta, namely Angac'a, Qadida Gamela and Qac'a Bira. He used two main tools, viz. observation of actual riddling sessions and interviews. Following a brief description of the performance of riddles, the author examines the form and style of Kambatta riddles, as well as their poetic quality. The 43 riddles used in the study are presented with an English translation. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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