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1 Orature By: Johnathan Allen

2 Orature & The Times Orature = Oral Literature Stories weren’t written – They were told and spread by word of mouth Passed between generations Strong bonding experience – Communal participation in Africa Easier telling than learning write and/or read Decline of European orature – Printing press – More people reading and writing

3 Orature & The Changing Times In the US – Slaves mostly kept orature alive Orature coined as term by – Pio Zirimu or Ngugi wa Thiong’o Further Decline from – Movies – Radio Still orally but not passed from generation to the next – Television – 87% literacy rate worldwide

4 Examples of Orature Folklore Urban legends Origin myths Personal tales

5 Common Traits of Orature Frequently origin stories Usually have a moral – With morally flawed but potentially redeemable character Can be told – To teach a lesson to an individual or group – To entertain

6 Orature of Old Many classic stories previously told orally – Canterbury Tales – Le Morte d’Arthur – Rigveda – Iliad – Odyssey

7 Orature’s Influences Despite common traits – Themes, morals, & genres differ between cultures Stories change over time depending on culture and even the storyteller – Either modified or discarded Variations in words differ the story as well.

8 Benefits to Orature Story can be made appropriate for varying audiences Great practice for oration Committal to memory instead of needing a book Story can be made to have a personal effect on the listener

9 Orature Today Rural people – Africa – South East Asia Family stories Campfire Stories

10 Orature’s Rebirth Why orature? – We have recording mediums – No need to memorize words Like college – One big reason » What if?


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