Ibonia: Epic of Madagascar

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Ibonia: Epic of Madagascar is a discovery: the first English translation of the major work of Malagasy oral literature, recorded in 1877 from an anonymous bard by a Norwegian missionary and translated by Lee Haring, who was called "the pre-eminent American scholar of Malagasy verbal art" by Research in African Literatures. Ibonia is the epic tale of the birth and exploits of a royal hero. His mother, a queen of heroic caliber, is barren until she consults a diviner, who brings about the hero's conception. An ...
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Ibonia: Epic of Madagascar is a discovery: the first English translation of the major work of Malagasy oral literature, recorded in 1877 from an anonymous bard by a Norwegian missionary and translated by Lee Haring, who was called "the pre-eminent American scholar of Malagasy verbal art" by Research in African Literatures. Ibonia is the epic tale of the birth and exploits of a royal hero. His mother, a queen of heroic caliber, is barren until she consults a diviner, who brings about the hero's conception. An unusual birth and precocious strength prepare the hero to go in quest of his betrothed, who has been abducted. Such tests of worth as combat with a crocodile, supernatural aid, and a victorious struggle with her abductor prove him a true epic hero worthy of ruling his people. Haring's translation makes this Malagasy epic at last available to the general reader as well as to the scholar, also providing extensive notes and translating six shorter variants of the story. In his introduction Haring situates the epic in the history of Madagascar, emphasizing the colonial encounter. Looming large behind the epic is the historical figure of Andrianampoinimerina, the sovereign who made Imerina a conquest state. The introduction also places Ibonia in the context of other forms of Malagasy folklore, showing the bard's reliance on Merina oratorical style. Haring asserts that the brilliance and eloquence of the epic derive from a unique set of circumstances of performance.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780838752845
  • Publisher: Bucknell University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Pages: 169

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
Folklore in Madagascar 12
Analogues 15
The Text 19
Is It an Epic? 23
Epic and Panegyric 25
"What is poetry and if you know what poetry is what is prose" 34
Why Ibonia Just Then? 40
The Bard 47
Interpreting Ibonia 49
The Translation 64
Conclusion 65
Great Riches Do Not Fill the Heart 67
Her Quest for Conception 69
The Locust Becomes a Baby 73
The Baby Chooses a Wife and Refuses Names 75
Boasts of the Hero 79
His Quest for a Birthplace 81
A Difficult Naming 86
The Adversary 94
The Boy Becomes a Man 97
His Companions; His Weapons 101
Ibonia is Tested 105
He Combats Beast and Man 108
He Refuses Other Wives 114
He Dresses in an Old Man's Skin 116
An Old Man Becomes Stone Man's Rival 117
Victory: "Dead, I Do not Leave You on Earth; Living, I Give You to No Man" 120
Ibonia Prescribes Laws and Bids Farewell 123
App. Ibonia (1) 125
App. Ibonia (2) 130
App. The King of the North and the King of the South 132
App. The Childless Couple 135
App. Iafolavitra the Adulterer 138
App. Soavololonapanga [Tender Fern] 139
Motifs 142
Notes 145
Sources Consulted 156
Index 167
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