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Title:Reflections on orality and cultural expression: orality as a peace culture
Author:Mwanzi, Helen Oronga A.
Periodical:Journal des africanistes (ISSN 1957-7850)
Geographic term:Kenya
Abstract:The present paper aims to be a study of oral literature as an artistic expression of a people's fears and aspirations: a people's wisdom in Kenya. It highlights the Luhya community's determination to ensure that the family, the smallest unit of the community, be founded on peace whose existence is rooted in knowledge, mutual respect, tact and wisdom, all of which are best expressed in song and chant. The paper examines four songs and one chant, all of which relate to the Luhya people's culture of peace and their expression of the need to cultivate and maintain peace at home and peace within the community. One of these four is salutation put to music, three are pre-wedding songs (teaching the bride to avoid conflict in her new environment) and the chant is a greeting, which this paper refers to as ritual. They all have one aim: to express the search for and maintenance of peace of mind in the individual and in relationships. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]