oa Alternation - The trickster in Zulu folktales

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In ancient times, before the upheaval caused by white colonization, the main means of intellectual and moral education for a Zulu child consisted of listening to the stories told by his grandmother and to the talk of the elders of the clan. In this way the child learned what his society 'told itself about itself' (Vansina, 1982: 143). He also learned the language in all its beautiful nuances, the proverbs according to which to regulate his life as they represented the distillation of that ancient wisdom passed on from generation to generation, and the practical ways in which to take his proper place in society.

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