Lwati: A Journal of Contemporary Research

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New insights into oral literature: The days of the week in a folktale: Crisis in the calender of the Ibibio of Nigeria

I Noah


The Ibibio are an ethnic group in the South-East of Nigeria with a culture that is very ancient. The Ibibio weeks, one of seven days and another comprising eight days, regulate the life, the economy and the traditions of the people.

A drama between the two forms of the week is represented in a tale entitled “The days of the week”. In this paper, the crisis which the tale narrates encounters and explains real life experiences among the Ibibio.

Lwati: A Journal of Contemporary Research Vol. 4 () 2007: pp.184-199

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