An anthropological analysis of Bamana fairy tales

Olga Zavyalova
2020 Language in Africa  
This article is devoted to the analysis of two fairy tales of the Bamana people. Since the main function of a fairy tale is learning, the basic norms of the culture are always hidden in it; they can be presented by positive or negative patterns of behavior. Two fairy tales that were selected for the analysis represent negative patterns of behavior and tell about the interaction of "one's own" and "somebody else's" worlds. Thus, they mainly talk about violations of the social norms and the norms
more » ... of interaction with "somebody else's" world. It was these norms that I tried to determine. The analyzed fairy tales were "Hyena ate the chief's daughter" and "Tale about a hunter and wild animals".
doi:10.37892/2686-8946-2020-1-4-43-54 fatcat:apked2soqvds3j6ub2d4zykdqu