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Title:Number symbolism (nos. 1, 4, 7 and 1,000) in Swahili poetry: the case of 'Utenzi wa Fatumah'
Author:wa Mutiso, Kineene
Year:2014
Periodical:Kiswahili (ISSN 0856-048X)
Volume:77
Pages:132-148
Language:English
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:poetry
Swahili language
symbols
Abstract:This paper explores number symbolism in Kiswahili poetry and in particular in the Swahili poem 'Utenzi wa Fatumah' ('The epic of Fatuma'). Most of the article is devoted to the number 4, which is described as a number bringing order into the chaos. Reference is made to the four cardinal point of the earth, the four humours and the four elements (Earth, Air, Fire and Water). Other numbers discussed are 1 and 1,000. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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