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One of the most significant traditions of African artists is that of the storyteller. This traditional figure remembers the legends and history of the tribe and village and passes them on to later generations in a linking of oral continuity. Modern phenomena are destroying the social cohesion in which this art form flourished, and although linguists and anthropologists are now endeavoring to record as many stories as possible, many, it is feared, have already been lost.
Originally published in African Arts © 1967 MIT Press.
Ben-Amos, D. (1967). Story Telling in Benin. African Arts, 1 (1), 54-59. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3334367
Date Posted: 22 September 2017
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