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L'espace et la mer dans les contes bedjas (Soudan)

Abstract : Four different spaces are distinguished in the Beja tales of the Sudan: earth, sky, underworld, and sea. All four are underspecified (e.g. no toponyms, no directional landmarks), and only alluded to with generic and symbolic items of the society and its ecology, e.g., huts, wells, markets, pastures, trees, grottos, and wadis. The trajectories of the numerous travels are not materialized by paths or trails. The first part of this paper investigates the timing and reasons of movements towards non-domestic areas, the second part focuses on an analysis of the maritime space. It is shown that the sea lacks any characteristics of the human territories and is the place of all possible dangers, a perception in line with the life style of the Beja people: although living in the vicinity of the Red Sea, they are traditionally neither fishermen nore sailors
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Martine Vanhove. L'espace et la mer dans les contes bedjas (Soudan). Journal des Africanistes, Société des Africanistes, 2010, 79 (2), pp.189-199. ⟨halshs-00584018⟩



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