Narratives

Ada remembers an incident that happened when he was a child. He tells the story about a healer he knew. When the healer becomes old and sick, he magically turns himself into an antilope in order to evade death. The villagers discover that the healer has transformed himself into an antilope as they see antilope traces coming out of the healers house one morning. The villages search the forest for the transformed antilope in order to kill him (as this is bad magic), but they could never find the antilope.
This is an autobiographical narrative by Ada who recalls this event that happened when he was a child. As he started telling this story sponatenously, Nadine did not have the time to get the video camera but only got the audio recorder out that was in reach at the time.
Tata tells the story of the two "Nzambi" (gods), one of the palm nut and one of the breadfruit. When one of them is starving because there is a famine, the other offers help in return for eating his friend's infant. In revenge, the Nzambi who has lost his child kills the other's family by burning them down in a house. Some villagers are gathered to listen to the story and occasionally comment.
This session shows a traditional folktale, performed by Tata.
Nze is telling a traditional folktale about two "Nzambi" (gods) who go to the forest together an collect azobé tree fruits to boil a drink with them, but discover the next morning that the fruit have turned black... He gets corrected about how the story goes by Ada who eventually takes over the story telling. After the story, the villagers are waiting for the arrival by some NGO representatives and are discussing what they should do to make a good impression.
This session is a traditional folktale performed by Nze, the village chief.
This is a traditional folktale of a female leopard.
Ada performs a traditional folktale.
Nze talks about where he was brought up, about his village and his family and the languages he speaks. After that, Segyua tells another folktale.
In this session, Nze tells his lifestory and Segyua a traditional folktale.

Citation

Nadine Grimm (née Borchardt) and Christopher Lorenz (2011 - 2012). Item "Narratives" in collection "Bagyeli/Bakola". The Language Archive. https://hdl.handle.net/1839/2c2d0308-d0c4-47ba-a351-ec172dd46cb2. (Accessed 2024-04-20)

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