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The domei is a well-liked narrative artwork shape one of the Mende humans of Sierra Leone. even though it is a standard shape, the narratives aren't remembered or retold, yet on each one get together the performers recreate out of a standard inventory of characters and plots domeisia, that are singular and infrequently extraordinary expressions of a unique, and sometimes extraordinary, tradition. during this booklet Donald Cosentino offers a wide collection of those narratives, as he gathered them in dramatic functionality at the verandahs and round the cooking fires of a Mende village. The domei is advised to delight, and Dr Cosentino info many of the parts that represent the excitement of an oral functionality. yet underneath the outside glitter of those ironic, scary, bawdy and haunting narrative performances, there's an highbrow hardness of argument and debate which shines throughout the domeisia incorporated the following. Dominating those performances, and emblematic of the total creative culture, are the 'everywoman' determine of the Defiant Maid, Yombo, and the 'everyman' obdurate Farmer, Kpana.

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