The performance of the Gbaya tale

The Gbaya tale of Cameroun is an art form through which ancient values and mores find expression and validation. Although the context of the tale is one of entertainment and pleasure, its statements about relationships in the home, in the village, on the hunt etc., are seriously intended. In his performance the artist is free to create and to interpret, but he is most successful if he observes the four devices which form the esthetical principles of every tale: personalization, song, ideophone and conclusion. This article comments briefly on meaning and function of these four criteria, which are considered as the tools for the artist’s creativity and a standard against which he is measured. Notes, ills.

Title: The performance of the Gbaya tale
Author: Noss, P.A.
Year: 1970
Periodical: Research in African Literatures
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Pages: 41-49
Language: English
Geographic term: Cameroon
Subject: folk tales (form)
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3818967
Abstract: The Gbaya tale of Cameroun is an art form through which ancient values and mores find expression and validation. Although the context of the tale is one of entertainment and pleasure, its statements about relationships in the home, in the village, on the hunt etc., are seriously intended. In his performance the artist is free to create and to interpret, but he is most successful if he observes the four devices which form the esthetical principles of every tale: personalization, song, ideophone and conclusion. This article comments briefly on meaning and function of these four criteria, which are considered as the tools for the artist’s creativity and a standard against which he is measured. Notes, ills.