Hausa Tales and Traditions: An English Translation of Tatsuniyoyi Na Hausa Originally Compiled by Frank Edgar, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Hausa Tales and Traditions

An English Translation of Tatsuniyoyi Na Hausa Originally Compiled by Frank Edgar, 1st Edition

Edited by Neil Skinner


440 pages

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Originally published in 1969, this book is a translation of Frank Edgar's Hausa folk stories, which was made primarily in Sokoto Province at the direction of Major John Alder, who in 1910 gave Edgar some Hausa texts written in the Ajemic script for transliteration into Roman characters. Edgar prepared the the first volme of the Tatsuniyoyi for publication in 1911. The Hausa whose folklore Edgar recorded so industriously are the largest ethnic group in Northern Nigeria and number many millions and these tales of past events show how Hausa conceive the histories of their states, the characters of their rulers, and their institutions of government and law. These traditions are thus equally important as documents of folk thought and as historical sources.

Table of Contents

Part i: Mainly Animals. 1. Spider. 2. Hare. 3. Jackal. 4. Lion. 5. Cat. 6. Goat. 7. Hyena. 8. A Miscellany. Part II: Caricatures - Ethnic and Other Stereotypes. 1. Maguje. 2. Fulani. 3. Gwari. 4. The Kano Man. 5. Sokoto Men. 6. Kanuri. 7. Tuareg and Buzu. 8. Nupe. 9. Stupid Country Folk. 10. The Malam. 11. The Barber. 12. All Hausas. Part III: Moralising. 1. Women. 2. Poverty. 3. Gratitude and Ingratitude. 4. The Will of God. 5. Miscellaneous Morals. Part IV: Mena nd Women Young Men and Maidens. Part V: Dilemma Tales. Part VI: Cases at Law.

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