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Title:World and woe: a sociological reading of proverbs as an enduring therapy among the Yorubas
Author:Mekusi, BusuyiISNI
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Geographic term:Nigeria
mental health
Abstract:Man, who inhabits the world of the living, has put in place various measures to guarantee a rewarding, stable, virile and blissful existence even as he interacts with the other elements that characterize his being. In spite of the conscious, concerted efforts man makes, unfolding realities portend, oftentimes, various levels of negativity in the form of failure, disappointment, diseases, and even death. Therefore, man has also devised different methods to deal with these negative experiences. One of these is the philosophic deployment of proverbs to either down-play a highly horrific situation or walk out of it. The present paper examines how proverbs are used in Yoruba society (Nigeria) to therapeutically achieve stability, in all spheres, in a woe-ridden world. In particular, it analyses ten different Yoruba proverbs. The investigation reported in the paper is predicated on the sociological school of criticism which sees literature as a reflection of society. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]