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African Proverbs Series. Five volumes available from UNISA Press, Pretoria, South Africa and Sefer Books, Ibadan, Nigeria, 1996 and 1997. Series Editor is John S. Mbiti who provides an "Introduction" to each of the first four volumes. Also available on the African Proverbs CD-ROM:
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    • Volume 1: Ethiopian Wisdom: Proverbs and Sayings of the Oromo People by George Cotter, M.M. A collection of 1,497 Oromo (Ethiopia) proverbs and sayings from four major dialects which offer a glimmer of the humor, insight, way of life and worldview of the Oromo people. Most are selected from Salt for Stew but with freer translations, new explanatory notes, subject classifications and illustrations.

        xxviii.            Volume 2: Hearing and Keeping: Akan Proverbs by Kofi Asare Opuku. A collection of 600 Akan (Ghana) proverbs.

                xxix.            Volume 3: Lugbara Wisdom by Albert Dalfavo. A collection of 773 Lugbara (Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo) which convey the wealth of Lugbara wisdom.

                    xxx.            Volume 4: The Voice of the People: Proverbs of the Basotho by 'Makali I. Mokotimi. A collection of 584 Sesotho (Lesotho) proverbs.

                xxxi.            Volume 5: Embracing the Baobab Tree: The African Proverb in the 21st Century. Compilation of the papers read at an Interdisciplinary Symposium which took place in Pretoria, South Africa in October, 1995. Edited, and with an introduction, by Willem Saayman. The title is based on a proverb in many African languages that says: "No single individual can embrace the baobab tree."

The papers are grouped under five headings: "Paremiological, Philosophical and Methodological Considerations." "Proverbs and Structures and Institutions of Society." "Proverbs and Religion." "Proverbs and Women." "Proverbs and Christianity."

 

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