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Noces en paroles chez les Zarma (Niger)

Abstract : Noces en paroles chez les Zarma (Niger) is an écho of an ethnopoetic experience: that of performances. The Zarma Society (Niger) offers us a privileged example of those moments that build and punctuate community life –here a marriage -, when the practice of literary production that nourishes the ritual and illuminates its meaning is established. The celebration of a wedding is reconstituted here by combining performances recorded, from 1999 to 2015 in the capital, Niamey, or in rural areas. The wedding presented is that of a polygamous man belonging to the aristocracy Zarma, because it is in this context that the opportunities to hear praise and epics, verbal jousting of insults and other songs are multiplied. The reader will then be a kind of ideal participant, present at the same time with each of the spouses and who would attend all these key moments, including those whose protagonists are however absent; what no participant can do at the same wedding. Here are presented songs of women close to the bride, ritual exchanges between classifying fathers of the spouses, blessings, eulogies, calls of ancestors, as well as en epic and a narrative of distraction uttered by a griot genealogist and historian.
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Contributor : Sandra Bornand <>
Submitted on : Monday, October 15, 2018 - 3:49:47 PM
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Sandra Bornand. Noces en paroles chez les Zarma (Niger). 2018. ⟨halshs-01895907⟩



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