Oromo Oral Poetry Seen from Within

ISBN 978-3-89645-276-4

Oromo Oral Poetry Seen from Within

Edited by: Catherine Griefenow-Mewis, Tamene Bitima. With an introduction by: Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig †. With contributions by: Debela Goshu, Ronny Meyer, Abdullahi A. Shongolo, Tadesse Jaleta Jirata, Tamene Bitima, Tesema Ta’a. Series edited by: Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig †.

Series: WK Verbal Art and Documentary Literature in African Languages Volume 20

91 pp.
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
170 g
€ 34.80

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Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig: Introduction

Tesema Ta’a: Oromo traditional songs

Tamene Bitima: On some Oromo historical poems

Abdullahi A. Shongolo: Boran traditional blessings and prayers

Dabala Goshu / Ronny Meyer: A people blessed and accursed by God – The Waata around lake Zway

Tadesse Jaleta Jirata: Social functions of Oromo proverbs

Tamene Bitima: Oromo riddles

Under these links you will find dictionaries, grammatical descriptions and text collections of Oromo and Oromo dialects, as well as further proverb collections and analyses of African languages and cultures:

Accompanying material:



Besonders hervorzuheben ist an dieser Stelle die Darstellung der Oromo-Wortkunst durch Muttersprachensprecher bzw. kulturelle Insider. [...]

Die vorliegende Anthologie bietet [...] einen guten Überblick über die orale Wortkunst der Oromo und liefert neben einem breit gestreuten Textfundus Zugang zu dieser Literaturgattung, der kulturell Außenstehenden in solcher Form sonst nur unter großem Aufwand möglich ist.

Marc Seifert in Afrikanistik online, Februar 2005

The book is a valuable study of different aspects of Oromo oral poetry and its role in the social life of one of the largest ethnic groups in Ethiopia. It shows how the native researchers are active in preserving and caring for their verbal culture, which otherwise they fear might disappear.

Ewa Wolk in Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures, 37/2005, 124-127

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