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Arts: Storytellers and Raconteurs: Afghanistan
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In a country with female literacy in single digits in rural areas and overall literacy probably still below 30 percent, Afghanistan before the onset of war in the late 1970s had a rich and flourishing oral narrative tradition, which for women was a domestic tradition, hearing and performing tales for their relatives and peers with whom they had visiting relationships, their men, and their children. Traditionally, nights in winter, with or without domestic chores such as carding and spinning cott…

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Mills , Margaret A., “Arts: Storytellers and Raconteurs: Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0296a>
First published online: 2009

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