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Description - Dawn to Dusk by Iro Eweka

Dawn to Dusk is a collection of Edo (or Benin) folk tales: an oral history of Edo culture and tradition. It tells the story of how the ancient Edo conceived of the world and how they attempted both to explain the origins of their human existence on earth and to interpret their environment. In 1845 an Edo king was establishing diplomatic and trading relationships with Portugal. In Joao Affonso d'Aveiro's estimation, the Benin kingdom compared favourably with his own in terms of 'civilization'. Even further back, when the earliest travellers were 'discovering' Africa, the Edo king and people were well known, feared and respected as far away as present-day Mali. In 1897, the fire that destroyed the city also seemed to destroy the language, traditions and culture of the Edo people, and so today, the language is all but dead and the language disowned. Iro Eweka recounts some of the ancient stories, myths and lore passed down through families and communities of the Edo kingdom throughout the ages. The second part of the book contains ancient Edo proverbs, both in the original language and in English, which point to the culture, traditions and customs of this ancient society.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714643625
ISBN-10: 0714643629
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 11mm)
Pages: 204
Imprint: Frank Cass Publishers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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