The depiction of cosmic images of the sun, moon and stars in selected Setswana novels

  • Daniel Sekepe Matjila


This article examines the application of celestial images in Setswana novels. In Setswana narratives, there are echoes, resonances and symbols of celestial images. Repeated use of these symbols helps to uncover the quality and/or the essence of Setswana language practice, as well as the intents and purposes of novelists to nurture and safeguard the Setswana language and culture. The aim of the study is to identify celestial images in the novels, explicate the meaning of each and to look at their appropriateness to the text. Setswana cosmic images in this study are obtained from selected Setswana novelists. The discussion is to be presented by dividing cosmic images into three categories, namely the sun, the moon, and the stars. By using these signs, the novelists advocate for the application of Batswana/African understanding of natural science. Celestial images refer to objects in the sky or visible heavens or to the universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere. The study aims to show the knowledge of Batswana cosmology and its application to their everyday life.


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