Jealous Twins

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Merolla, Daniela 

The Verba Africana series publishes video recording of African verbal arts on CDRom's, DVD’s and the Internet. This series responds to the increasing need for new electronic tools that integrate the written and audio-visual materials for research, teaching and learning of African languages and oral literatures. The video recording of oral genres, such as poems, songs and tales, is integrated into the presentation of relevant aspects (language, form, content, performance, literary, social and historical context). The videos and the accompanying material (short information and full articles) allow researchers and the interested public to approach oral literary productions as ‘total event’.


This tale treats competition within the family and, in particular, betrayal among brothers. It explores the contradiction inherent in peer-relationships within the family: siblings from the same mother/parentage (here epitomized by twins) are expected to feel the strongest bond and to take care of each other and their family, but at the same time each brother has to assert himself individually.

Oral Literature, Oral Tradition, Linguistic Anthropology, African, Story, Performance, Storytellers, Song, Interview
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NWO, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research