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Classifications of Macca Oromoo Girls’ Nuptial Songs (Sirba Cidhaa)

Department of Oromoo Folklore and Literature, Jimma University, P.O. BOX 378, Jimma, Ethiopia
Humanities 2019, 8(3), 145; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8030145
Received: 7 February 2019 / Revised: 27 May 2019 / Accepted: 19 June 2019 / Published: 28 August 2019
Girls’ nuptial songs of the Oromoo of Horn of Africa are powerful folksong genres, but are rarely practiced today. Ethnographic data were collected and analyzed contextually, structurally, functionally, and semantically from multidisciplinary approaches: folklore, ethnomusicology, anthropology, sociology, literature, linguistic, gender, and others’ theories. They are classified into arrabsoo (insult), faaruu (praise), mararoo (elegiac/dirge), ansoosillee (bridal praise), fala (resolution), and raaga (prediction) with their distinct natures. Macca Oromoo girls compose these competitively to making weddings memorable, express themselves, inspire and encourage men for brave and appropriate actions. These genres form binary oppositions in their respective orders and enrich the culture. They also depict identities and roles of girls in creations and maintaining of culture. View Full-Text
Keywords: folklore; folksong; ethnomusicology; nuptial songs; oral poetry; girls; arrabsoo; faaruu; mararoo; ansoosillee; fala and raaga folklore; folksong; ethnomusicology; nuptial songs; oral poetry; girls; arrabsoo; faaruu; mararoo; ansoosillee; fala and raaga
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Fufa Bidu, D. Classifications of Macca Oromoo Girls’ Nuptial Songs (Sirba Cidhaa). Humanities 2019, 8, 145.

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