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It is possible to distinguish three groups of writers on African folklore: first, amateurs, like missionaries, government officials, and African traditiophiles; second, non-African professional scholars, mainly anthropologists and linguists, and, third, their African colleagues. The main difference between these last two groups is that the Africans automatically have the inside view of their culture. They know the answers even before posing the research questions. At the same time, like their fellow anthropologists and linguists, they are equipped with the analytical concepts and methods which enable them to discuss and present this knowledge in a systematic form. Their works are potential eye-openers as far as the function, usage, and meaning of African folklore are concerned.
Originally published in Fabula © 1969 DeGruyter.
Ben-Amos, D. (1969). Review of John S. Mbiti, Akamba Stories. Fabula, 10 256-257. Retrieved from https://repository.upenn.edu/nelc_papers/68
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