Monday, April 29, 2013

Blog Entry #10

In this week of classes we had two guest speakers talk about the folktales and legends from two different cultures. The first guest speaker Dr. Ochieng' discussed Kenyan folktales and Dr.Alles talked about the legends and myths of the Adivais in India. They were had fascinating ways of teaching us about the two cultures. I could listen to Dr. Ochieng tell stories for hours. The stories he had were from Kenya and he told stories that he had heard himself from his very own village. These folktales are very similar to the Native Americans stories we have discussed in class. Most of them were about how things were made or how things came to be. One story that stuck out in my mind was the monkey and the shark and this is why you never see monkeys near sharks. Dr. Ochieng was one of the best story tellers I have ever heard. He was very enthusiastic and even had very good skills at playing the drum. It was interesting how every persons name has a meaning and you learn something from someone just by hearing their name.  When learning about the legends of Adivais, Dr Alles had translated multiple stories from them. It was very difficult to even understand what these stories actually meant. It was impressive that Dr. Alles was able to translate these stories. He had many friends from India and it was great to learn about his several trips he had visiting there.
      It was very intriguing learning about these two cultures and there legends and folktales. Dr. Alles and Dr. Ochieng were both very knowledgable on these two subjects. Telling stories is very important in both cultures and they explain different morals and beliefs that they still practice today.

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