Assefa, Taye. Dreams in Amharic prose fiction

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Title: Dreams in Amharic prose fiction

Published in: Journal of Ethiopian studies - Vol. 21

Published By: Journal of Ethiopian studies - Vol. 21 Addis Ababa: Haile Selassie I University, Institute of Ethiopian Studies, 1988. 155-183 p.

By line: Taye Assefa

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Amhara (MP05)

Subjects: Literature (538); Literary texts (539); Revelation and divination (787);

Abstract: This is a study of the role of dreams in Amhara prose fiction published between 1932 and 1981. Dreams are used in some cases to advance the plot of a story, but for the most part are illustrative and used to reiterate events already recounted, or to express the underlying emotional and psychological state of the dreamer/character. Assefa identifies two types of dreams: prescriptive waking visions and prophetic sleep-dreams. In the former, a divine agent instructs the dreamer what to do, in the latter a future event is symbolically foretold, the meaning of which the dreamer may or may not comprehend. The symbolism can be complex and is usually based on religious narratives. The article includes many examples of the different kinds of dreams and symbolism found in Amhara fiction.

Document Number: 16

Document ID: mp05-016

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 180-183)

Field Date: unknown

Evaluation: unknown

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 1996

Coverage Date: 1932-1981

Coverage Place: Ethiopia

LCSH: Amhara (African people)


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