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Title:Satire as a form of social control: its manifestations in Yorb ritual and festival songs
Author:Adejumo, Arinpe
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
social control
Abstract:Yoruba society (Nigeria) is a 'moral order'. There are a set of normative requirements which are presented to the individual consciousness. The requirements come as norms and values of society and individuals are expected to adhere strictly to the norms. A state of conflict in norms brings about the issue of aberration or nonconformism. In traditional Yoruba society, satire, as a form of literary art, is one of the most powerful tools to sanction nonconformists. Using a sciological approach to literary valuation, this paper examines the various ways in which satire has been used in ritual and festival songs in Yoruba society. Ref., sum. [Journal abstract]