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Contes et identité : Wanto dans les contes gbaya et dans la communication actuelle

Abstract : In the gbaya tales there are gods, humans and animals living as human beings in villages, hunting, gathering and cultivating plants. Wanto, a spider, is the most recurrent character of these tales : he is the one who brings civilisation to Gbaya people. I will present how he is different from the others and will analyze the complexity of his status. He is the only character in the tales whose name could be used as a name for a man. Most other names are specific to a tale, like Snow White in European tales, and can’t be reattributed. For the Gbaya, Wanto epitomizes the essence of human. In fact, on the Internet, it appears that Wanto is always mentioned and claimed as the symbol of Gbaya identity by gbaya artists. I will conclude with the fundamental role of Wanto in building Gbaya identity, thus showing how oral literature is still vibrant and finds its place in the new media.
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Paulette Roulon-Doko. Contes et identité : Wanto dans les contes gbaya et dans la communication actuelle. TYDSKRIF VIR LETTERKUNDE, 2014, A journal for African Literature, ISSN 0041-476X (51 (1)), pp.142-149. ⟨halshs-01152051⟩

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