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Title: A CULTURAL REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN THE OROMO SOCIETY
Authors: HUSSEIN, Jeylan W.
Keywords: Oromo
Gender ideology
Proverbs
Atete
Masculinity
Femininity
Issue Date: Oct-2004
Publisher: The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Journal title: African Study Monographs
Volume: 25
Issue: 3
Start page: 103
End page: 147
Abstract: In a society, gender ideology is created and refl ected in multiple ways. Among the myriad ways, language and culture play great role in creating and refl ecting gendered culture in a society. This paper examines the representation of women in Oromo folk-proverbs and folk-religion, and analyses the position of women in the traditional Oromo cultural practices. Despite all the barriers of patriarchal power, Oromo women had an infl uential position in the past although this has now declined following the decline in the people's indigenous cultural practices. Oromo proverbs about womanhood were categorized into cultural stereotypes. Although the majority of the sample proverbs were basically disparaging, the semantics were shown to depend to a large extent on the complex whole of their context of use. The implications were also presented and discussed.
DOI: 10.14989/68233
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2433/68233
Appears in Collections:Vol.25 No.3

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