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Title:Mangbetu tales of Leopard and Azapane: trickster as resistance hero
Abstract:In analyzing a sub-type of Mangbetu (northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo) tale as expressing vengeful cultural resistance to oppressive foreign authority, the paper is concerned with both storytelling as politics and trickster as a kind of resistance hero. Its three main sections present (1) relevant description of the Mangbetu peoples’ sociopolitical situation from the mid-nineteenth century, (2) an introduction to both Leopard and the trickster-culture hero Azapane in Mangbetu culture and tales, and (3) a summary-analysis of a typical Leopard-and-Azapane tale—viz., it is an African trickster tale in terms of its basic motifemic sequence, but different in that Azapane is not a negative example or anti-hero, but rather a resistance hero for the society’s oppressed subjects. Two appendices present much of the core Leopard-and-Azapane tale data on which the paper’s analysis is based. The conclusion, in part, questions the wisdom of a people continuing to tell vengeful resistance tales of the paper’s Leopard-and-Azapane sort in a context where former victims of oppression might too easily become killers.
Contributor (author):McKee, Robert G.
Date (W3CDTF):2010
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/44077
Extent:14 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.gial.edu/academics/gialens
Is Part Of:GIALens: Electronic Notes Series
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):TD
Subject:Mangbetu language
Trickster tales; Politics; Resistance; Azapane
Subject (ISO639):mdj
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: McKee, Robert G. 2010. GIALens: Electronic Notes Series.
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Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Area: Africa

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