Literature in general, just as the other art forms, opens a window into the cultural
characteristics of a society. A culture of a particular group is established linguistically
through narrative exchange that determines the relevance of belief systems which hold
the people together (Finnegan 1970). To understand a culture, particularly one in which
orality is still a predominant form of recording history and phenomena, one requires some
acquaintance with its oral forms (Nwachuku-Agbada, 1994:194). As a group of people
survive in a particular society, they continually foster their own relevant customs through
different modes such as proverbs, songs, symbols, folktales and mythologies among
others. These literary works express ideas and the concerns of the people at the time. One
of such literary types which is well known in literary genre and often used to decode the
culture of a people is proverbs. These proverbs often connote (historical) antecedents,
customs, as well as the hopes, desires and fears of the people. This thesis therefore
analyzed the proverbs in Things Fall Apart1
(henceforth) TFA and Sundiata: An Epic of
(Sundiata for short) for an understanding of the Igbo and Mande cultures.
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Coalition, CDR. "A STUDY OF PROVERBS IN THINGS FALL APART AND SUNDIATA: AN EPIC OF OLD MALI (SUNDIATA)" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 28 Mar. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/a-study-of-proverbs-in-things-fall-apart-and-sundiata-an-epic-of-old-mali-sundiata . Accessed 08 May. 2021.
Coalition, CDR. "A STUDY OF PROVERBS IN THINGS FALL APART AND SUNDIATA: AN EPIC OF OLD MALI (SUNDIATA)". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 28 Mar. 2021. Web. 08 May. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/a-study-of-proverbs-in-things-fall-apart-and-sundiata-an-epic-of-old-mali-sundiata >.
Coalition, CDR. "A STUDY OF PROVERBS IN THINGS FALL APART AND SUNDIATA: AN EPIC OF OLD MALI (SUNDIATA)" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed May 08, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/a-study-of-proverbs-in-things-fall-apart-and-sundiata-an-epic-of-old-mali-sundiata