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Title:Scapegoats and Carriers: New Year Festivals in History and Literature
Author:Wright, DerekISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Studies (UCLA)
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:religious festivals
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Abstract:Scapegoats and carriers play an important role in New Year festivals in West Africa. The carrier removes the year's ills and misfortunes, and is an ordinary member of the community. The scapegoat absorbs evil into his living being, and by doing so, bears away the sins of a community. This article analyses particularly the role of the carrier in fiction by W. Soyinka, A.K. Armah, K. Awoonor and G. Okara, and in some historical works (o.a. by J.G. Frazer, M. Eliade and M. Douglas). Ref.