The Oral Tradition of the Baganda of Uganda

A Study and Anthology of Legends, Myths, Epigrams and Folktales

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About the Book

The Baganda people of Uganda enjoy an extraordinarily rich oral tradition, which serves as a window into their culture, history, and experiences as a people. This comprehensive, multigenre work is both a study of the Baganda people’s oral literature—framed within the broader contexts of the African oral tradition genre, modern African literature, and global literary studies—and a collection of representative stories.
Cultural explanations throughout the text explore the living culture of this unique East African nation. Particular attention is paid to the history of Uganda, thus placing the oral tradition within its proper context. An appendix offers sample Luganda songs.

About the Author(s)

Immaculate N. Kizza is a professor of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she teaches courses on British literature, African American literature, and African literature and culture.

Bibliographic Details

Immaculate N. Kizza
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 216
Bibliographic Info: 10 photos, glossary, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4015-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5605-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Preface      1

1. The African and Baganda Oral Traditions: An Introduction      7
2. The Baganda of Uganda      21
3. Epigrams      50
4. Prose Narratives      98
5. Conclusion      188

Glossary of Luganda Words and Phrases      193
Appendix: Sample Luganda Songs      199
Bibliography      203
Index      206