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Basotho family odes (diboko) and oral tradition

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dc.contributor.advisor Swanepoel, C. F. en Tsiu, M. W. (Moruti William), 1944- en 2009-08-25T10:45:49Z 2009-08-25T10:45:49Z 2002-01 2002-01-01 en
dc.identifier.citation Tsiu, M. W. (Moruti William), 1944- (2002) Basotho family odes (diboko) and oral tradition, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Basotho family odes (diboko) form part of oral literature, and refer to names of families, clans or totems. They constitute poetic compositions conveying information about clans' historical origin, philosophy and ancestors. The performance of this oral art form makes use of formulaic techniques such as linking, parallelism, alliteration, etc., which are commonly used in praise poetry. As basis to the content of these oral art forms, the genealogies of the various Basotho clans are discussed to show the reflection of the progenitor names in the clan praises. The functions of family odes are of educational, social and religious nature. Other functions include their use in compositions of other genres, such as, praise poems, mine workers' chants, traditional doctors' falls (mawa) and songs. The recitation of this oral art form is characterised by the instability of the texts, which takes the form of extensions, additions, truncations, improvisations and genre transitions. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (iv, 216 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Basotho en
dc.subject Family odes (diboko)
dc.subject Progenitors
dc.subject Clans
dc.subject Oral tradition
dc.subject Genealogies
dc.subject Performance
dc.subject Mmantilatilane
dc.subject Recitation
dc.subject.ddc 398.2049639772
dc.subject.lcsh Sotho (African people) -- Folklore
dc.subject.lcsh Onomastics
dc.title Basotho family odes (diboko) and oral tradition en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department African Languages en M.A. (African Languages) en

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