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Suugaanta Geela
The Nordic Africa Institute.
1986 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

For centuries livestock have formed the backbone of the Somali economy. Camels are especially highly valued by Somali herdsmen.

The practical uses of the camel have been eloquently described by Somalis in their extensive oral poetry, handed down through generations from father to son. It forms a complete literacy tradition composed of poems, proverbs, metaphors and tales of wisdom.

The collection and preservation of Somali oral literature are important subjects that require urgent attention. This rich literature was transmitted to us orally from generation to generation. The cultural and historical life of the Somali people is reflected in this ancient oral data.

The present collection of oral literature on the Somali camel is the result of an extensive research work. Oral literature has been one of the subjects studied by the "Somali camel research project", a bilateral undertaking between Somalia and Sweden (the Somali Academy of Sciences and Arts, SOMAC, and the Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries, SAREC).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 1986. , 103 p.
Keyword [en]
Somalia; East Africa; Somali language; Camels; Livestock; Anthropology; Social and cultural anthropology; Fiction; Folk literature; Oral tradition
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-633ISBN: 91-7106-259-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-633DiVA: diva2:277671
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