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Philosophy, Oral Tradition and Africanistics

A survey of the aesthetic and cultural aspects of myth, with a case-study of the «Story of Kintu» from Buganda (Uganda), as a contribution to the philosophical investigations in oral traditions


Meinrad Walter

Contents: Myths originate primarily as a means to solving some fundamental problems, - at the cognitive level, - or as a medium for depicting some basic experiential values. This is the working hypothesis of the structuralistic analysis of myths and rituals. The Kintu story employs the episode of a marriage/family drama in order to portray, and subsequently 'solve', the problematic of mortality and evil as encountered in the experiential world.