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Title:Women and change in Humr oral traditions
Author:Ahmed, Asia Mahjoub
Book title:The Sudanese woman / ed. by Susan Kenyon. - Khartoum: Graduate College, University of Khartoum
Geographic term:Sudan
oral traditions
Abstract:This chapter looks at the role of women in the oral traditions, particularly folk poetry, of the Humr people of Sudan. The first section provides a summary description of the traditional life of the Humr Baggara in Kordofan. In the following section, the different types of oral traditions found among the Humr are discussed while the third part looks at folk poetry, the genre in which women play a significant role, both as creators and as subjects. Finally, some of the changes in traditions resulting from urban migration are considered, particularly those relating to women's roles. The content of Humr folk poetry has been very effective in reflecting the changes Humr experience when they settle in the town, though urban images and metaphors appear less frequently in women's poetry than in men's. Notes, ref.