A SOCIO-STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF EUPHEMISTIC EXPRESSIONS AND SYMBOLISM IN THE DIRGES OF THE PEOPLE OF LUAPULA PROVINCE
Keywords: Dirges, Dance, Culture, Socio-Stylistics, Euphemism, Symbolism, Orality
AbstractAmong the people of Luapula Province (North-eastern Zambia) the life of a deceased relative is eulogised and celebrated through song and dance. These songs are dirges. Dirges are not only lyrical but also poetic in form. They are woven from the ethnic group’s life experiences on various subjects and themes demonstrating the creative and manipulative nature of language. Of importance, is the ability of dirges to serve as a medium for performers to prove that orality is a system through which culture can be transmitted. Dirges are composed and performed orally at funerals. This article focused on exploring the perception of death among the people of Luapula Province through dirges, also known as icimbo camalilo, which are big songs performed at funerals. A socio-stylistic approach was used to analyse the euphemistic expressions and symbolism utilised in dirges to honour the deceased. The findings suggest that the dirges sung in Luapula Province are characterised by the deployment of euphemisms and symbols that are reflective of the region’s way of life. The stylistic qualities in these dirges are based on and drawn from the local context, expressing the anguish of loss, death, the grave, and the significance of the deceased.
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Mukonde, E., Chikuta, P., & Musonda, B. (2023). A SOCIO-STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF EUPHEMISTIC EXPRESSIONS AND SYMBOLISM IN THE DIRGES OF THE PEOPLE OF LUAPULA PROVINCE. ZANGO: Zambian Journal of Contemporary Issues, 36(1), 30-44. Retrieved from https://journals.unza.zm/index.php/ZJOCI/article/view/1039