Síndi – Tangale Folktales

Síndi – Tangale Folktales

Síndi – Tangale Folktales

ISBN 978-3-89645-110-1

Síndi – Tangale Folktales

(Kaltungo, Northeastern Nigeria)

Compiled by: Njeno Andirya Galadima, Harald Vajkonny, Stephen Njeno Yoblis. Author: Herrmann Jungraithmayr. Translated by: Njeno Andirya Galadima, Stephen Njeno Pulkis, Harald Vajkonny. In collaboration with: Njeno Andirya Galadima, Stephen Njeno Pulkis, Harald Vajkonny. With an introduction by: Johannes Harnischfeger †. Series edited by: Herrmann Jungraithmayr, Norbert Cyffer.

Series: WeStu Westafrikanische Studien Volume 23

40 pp. Roman, 455 pp.
2 b/w photos
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
910 g
€ 69.80

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Among the Afro-Asiatic language phylum, consisting of the Chadic, Semitic, Omotic and old Egyptian languages, Tangale represents a western Chadic example. There are about 150,000 speakers, mostly living in Gombe state, northeast Nigeria. Historically and politically the Tangale are subdivided into a western and an eastern group. The folk tales contained in this anthology are drawn from the eastern Tangale, living in the vicinity of the town of Kaltungo.

The texts were recorded during field study sojourns in Kaltungo in 1982/83 and fully transcribed and translated into English with the help of a number of native speakers. For better clarity, the texts are divided into phraseological segments. Some of the examples contain song elements performed by the narrator. These parts often employ an enigmatic or formulaic mode of language, unlike the rest of the story. In other respects, the language style of the selected examples is typical for African folk tales in general, namely direct, realistic, pragmatic and without frills.

The narratives are drawn from the following genres: fables and animal stories, legends, magic fairy tales, trickster stories and monster tales, and stories dealing with social intercourse and activities.

Under these links you will find a collection and analysis of proverbs and an account of religious beliefs of the Tangale people:

Accompanying material:


The book under discussion is a first endeavor to present Tangale oral literature in a written form. [...] The edition of the stories is preceded by a sophisticated and illuminating introductory essay by Dr Johannes Harnischfeger which has been entitled "Tangale History and Culture" [...] We are highly impressed by this careful edition of the Tangale folktales which is an exemplary piece of scientific work.

Stanislaw Pilaszewicz in Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures, 32/2003, 80-83

Man wird, insbesondere was sie tonalen Regeln betrifft, noch viele Einzelheiten aus dieser wichtigen Materialsammlung gewinnen können – abgesehen von dem Wert, den der Erhalt oraler Literatur kleiner afrikanischer Völker hat.

Rainer Voigt in Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, 154/2004, 473-475

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