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Oral Traditions as Philosophy : Okot P'Bitek's Legacy for African Philosophy - Samuel Oluoch Imbo

Oral Traditions as Philosophy

Okot P'Bitek's Legacy for African Philosophy

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Published: 28th December 2001
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This is a study of the Ugandan poet and cultural critic Okot p'Bitek. In his poems and critical essays, Okot engages with the oral traditions of his people - the songs, dances, funeral dirges, and so forth - seeing them as manifestations of the people's philosophy of life. Imbo's book aims to make explicit the philosophical questions raised in Okot's work, placing them within the wider picture of contemporary African philosophy as a whole. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Samuel Imbo's book explores the philosophical significance of a remarkable African man-of-letters. Okot p'Bitek was a pioneer in the debate about 'the invention of Africa,' in the discourse about the alleged 'Christianization' of African indigenous religions, in the choice of an African language by a Westernized African writer as a literary medium, and in giving voice to 'negritude' in a non-European language at long last. P'Bitek also remains as the only male African writer whose most famous work is about a woman's perspective on the gender-divide. Samuel Oluoch Imbo takes us to those philosophical and social areas-and beyond. -- Ali A. Mazrui, director, Institute of Global Cultural Studies, SUNY Binghamton

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Visions of Africanityp. 1
Defining the Philosophical, the Religious, and the Spiritualp. 27
Oral Traditions as Textsp. 47
Roles for Women in African Oral Traditionsp. 71
Western Scholarship, African Religionsp. 91
Problems of Translating Western Concepts into African Languagesp. 109
Authentic African Selfhoodp. 129
Responsibilities of African Philosophersp. 153
Referencesp. 171
Indexp. 177
About the Authorp. 181
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ISBN: 9780847697724
ISBN-10: 084769772X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 181
Published: 28th December 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45