Oral Tradition Narratives of the Emai People, Part 1

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Ronald P. Schaefer, Francis O. Egbokhare
LIT Verlag Münster, 2000 - Social Science - 1261 pages
" This collection of seventy prose of narrative samples represents the only published record of the oral tradition of the Emai people of southern Nigeria. The narratives are presented in both Emai orthography and English translation. They tend to portray everyday cultural practices of the Emai with human characters or their animal personification. As such, they provide an initial glimpse of Emai cosmology, cultural values and social norms as well as a firm impression of how Emai grammatical resources function in spontaneous narrative discourse. Ronald P. Schaefer is Professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English Language and Literature, at the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Francis O. Egbokhare teaches at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. "
 

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Contents

Preface
vii
Nature and Human Behavior Narratives 39 The King of Idelehon
613
The Destitute Youth and the Oba
637
Esemuzes Sons and the Oba
644
Good and Bad Friends and
670
The Evil of Ingratitude
699
Good and Bad Friends
706
The Origin of Children of Different Sexes
712
The Barren Wifes Envy of Her Fertile Cowife
878
The Wife Hides in an Earthen Pot
904
The Flirtatious Wife
933
Oiso and His Wives
949
The Origin of Female Chiefs
994
Trials of War
1019
Orphan Narratives 61 The Orphan and the Rich Oba
1052
The Orphan the Oba and the Snuff Bottle
1079

Three Youths and Their Wishes
724
HI Custom and Belief Narratives
739
The Cripple and the Blind Man
745
The Beautiful Girl and Her Envious Agemates
751
The Mushroom Hunt
762
The Barren Woman and Her Cowife
792
Oisos Wives and the Waist Bead
820
The Barren Wife and Palmnuts
836
Odus Wife and Her Schemes
848
The Barren Wife and the Gourd Children
872
The Orphan and the Bead
1095
The Orphan Servant and Her Mistress
1118
The Orphan Riddles for the Oba
1139
The Stingy Bachelor and His Goats 410
1145
Two Orphan Friends
1153
Orphans and the Little Bird
1178
The Orphans Riddle
1196
The Orphan and the Tufts of Hair
1209
The Orphan and His Three Pets
1218
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