Publication details [#12316]

Mbele, Joseph L. 1991. Narrative inconsistencies in the Liongo epic. In Blommaert, Jan, ed. Swahili Studies. Essays in Honour of Marcel Van Spaandonck. Academia Press. pp. 209–218.
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Article in book
Publication language
Language as a subject


This paper deals with narrative inconsistencies in the Liongo national epic of the Swahili, a people inhabiting the East African coast and the adjacent islands. It examines whether previous explanations for narrative inconsistencies in epics can account for those found in the Liongo epic and attempts to provide more evidence of the universality of these inconsistencies.