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Call# D16 V278
Title Oral tradition as history.
Author Vansina, Jan
Summary "This Akan (Ghana) proverb puts it succinctly. The marvel of oral tradition, some will say its curse, is this: messages from the past exist, are real, and yet are not continuously accessible to the senses. Oral traditions make an appearance only when they are told. For fleeting moments they can be heard, but most of the time they dwell only in the minds of people. The utterance is transitory, but the memories are not. No one in oral societies doubts that memories can be faithful repositories which contain the sum told of past human experience and explain the how and why of present day conditions." taken from the provided preface, p. xi.
Object Name Book
Subjects Oral history
Pub Date 1985
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