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La secrète revendication d'une sexualité féminine

Abstract : Among the Songhay-Zarma of Niger, a particular ceremony known as the marcanda, takes place during polygamous marriages. During this ceremony, women who descended from war captives, evoke, in song and in absence of a male presence, sexuality, its pleasures and its deviances. In their songs, these particular "seekers" confront taboo subjects and seem to systematically oppose the dominant social values. Versed in both direct (use of vulgar terms) and indirect discourse (metaphors, play on the voices, etc.), the singers establish a kind of complicity with the women in the audience who hear - through the voices of war captives - a set of words they would never be able to utter. Indeed, the only people allowed to sing these songs are doubly at the bottom of the social ladder : as women and as descendants of war captives who, in contrast to freemen, - it is said - "do not know sexuality modesty".
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Sandra Bornand. La secrète revendication d'une sexualité féminine. Cahiers de Littérature Orale, Presses de l'Inalco, 2012, pp.79-114. ⟨halshs-00914012⟩



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