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Oral Tradition: A Study in Historical Methodology

 
 
 
 
Oral Tradition: A Study in Historical Methodology
Author: Jan Vansina
ISBN 13: 9780202308197
ISBN 10: 202308197
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Aldine Transaction
Publication Date: 2006-02-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 226
List Price: $35.95
 
 

Oral traditions are historical sources of a special nature. Their special nature derives from the fact that they are "unwritten" sources couched in a form suitable for oral transmission, and that their preservation depends on the powers of memory of successive generations of human beings. In many parts of the world inhabited by peoples without writing, oral tradition forms the main available source for a reconstruction of the past.