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African Poetry of the Living Dead

Igbo Masquerade Poetry

By (author) Romanus N. Egudu
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Dec 1992
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773491708
ISBN-13: 9780773491700
Barcode No: 9780773491700
This is a translation and discussion of a sub-genre of Igbo oral poetry, the poetry of the living dead. The central position of the masquerade cult in Igbo religion, world view, culture and art makes this masquerade poetry relevant to the people's society, while also aiming to be instructive and entertaining. This text demonstrates what may be regarded as the high-water mark of Igbo oral poetry, as well as offering essays on the intellectual, socio-cultural, and literary background. It is a study not only in oral poetry but also Igbo traditional world view, beliefs, and culture.

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