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Title:Myth in the Context of African Traditional Histories: Can it be Called 'Applied History'?
Author:Shokpeda, S.A.
Year:2005
Periodical:History in Africa
Volume:32
Pages:485-491
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:myths
historiography
Education and Oral Traditions
History and Exploration
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/history_in_africa/v032/32.1shokpeka.pdf
Abstract:This paper affirmatively answers the question whether 'myth in the context of African traditional histories' can be called applied history. Before answering this question, it presents a definition of the word myth; an examination of the characteristics of 'applied history', using Yoruba, Asante, Bini, Hausa and Wolof myths as an illustration; and the application of these characteristics to myth with a view to finding out any point of agreement between them. The paper concludes that myths are indispensable in the reconstruction of Africa's past. It is through the study of these African traditional myths that the early history of the political and social structures of most of the African kingdoms are explained. Ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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