Document Type

Review

Date of this Version

1969

Publication Source

Fabula

Volume

10

Start Page

256

Last Page

257

Abstract

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.

Copyright/Permission Statement

Originally published in Fabula © 1969 DeGruyter.

 

Date Posted: 22 September 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.