Geerarsa Folksong as the Oromo National Literature a Study of Ethnography, Folklore, and Folklife in the Context of the Ethiopian Colonization of Oromia

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A study of Geerarsa, a type of folksong of Ethiopia's Oromo people, who reside in Oromia and Ethiopia as well as in diaspora in the West. In exploring their verbal art it attempts to address the social base and political scope of Oromo folklore. It presents Geerarsa as an important part of the Oromo's values, attitudes, and history as they have struggled, and continue to struggle, against colonial oppression and win back their cultural and national identity.

Table of Contents

Table of contents: List of maps; Phonetic/bibliographic note; foreword; preface

1.Oromo Folklore and Ethnography as a Historical Source

2.The Folkloric and Ethnographic Background

3.The Geerarsa: Poetics in Performance

4.Geerarsa in the Oromo Heroic Worldview

5.Geerarsa in the Context of Amhara/Ethiopian Colonization

6.Geerarsa in the Changing Conditions of Oromia and Ethiopia

7.Geerarsa as the Oromo National Literature

Bibliography, Index

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