An Introduction to Kasena Society and Culture Through Their Proverbs

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University Press of America, 2000 - Social Science - 290 pages
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For societies lacking written documentary records, such as the Kasena people of Upper Eastern Ghana and Burkina Faso, proverbs serve as valuable insights into the many facets of African life. In An Introduction to Kasena Society and Culture through their Proverbs, A.K. Awedoba attempts to shed light on Kasena culture and society through analysis of their proverbs. Awedoba interprets the proverbs and discusses their relevance in the context of the wider, African cultural background. He then analyzes the underlying meanings of these statements and finally proposes potential applications of the proverbs and sayings to Kasena culture and society. The proverbs of the Kasena people are powerful statements backed by the force of tradition, and the people believe they enshrine the wisdom of their ancestors. The proverbs are worthy subjects to engage the attention of anthropologists, as well as historians interested in primary accounts of an African society and its culture.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
3
Remarks on Kasem Orthography and Writing
9
The Meaning and Structure
29
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Albert Kanlisi Awedoba is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana.

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