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Title:A Thematic Analysis of the Afar Camel Folk Literature: An Ethnography-of-Communication Approach
Author:Hailemichael, Aregga.
Year:1995
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies
Volume:28
Issue:1
Period:June
Pages:1-22
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:Afar
oral literature
camels
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
literature
Ethnography
folklore
Language and languages
Afar (African people)
Abstract:Among the Afar pastoral nomads of Ethiopia camel owners have high social prestige. Camels dominate not only Afar culture, but also the various categories of Afar oral folk literature. Proverbs, sung poems and war cries, collected in Wahli-Fanta Camel Herders Associations in Awsa 'awraja' (district) in February 1989 and March 1990, illustrate the role played by the camel in Afar life and the material importance of the camel as a source of wealth and prestige. The 30 items in the corpus are described and analysed according to the following themes: the physical qualities or nature of the camel as a symbol of social status, camel ownership as a symbol of social status, bravery or heroism as a symbol of social status, and the gender division of labour as a symbol of social status. Bibliogr., notes.
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