Culture and Traditions

Some bizzare Myths associated with Hausa Folklore in the Olden days

Hausas in the olden days, that is when there’s no present technological means of entertainment, often in the evenings or before bedtimes, after dinner i.e after filling all the facet of spaces in between their ribs, mostly children, adolesents and also grown-ups usually organises themselves under sheld of tree or moon light; seated on trunk, mat or bare ground listening attentively to Grandparents, Big-sisters and Aunts as they are narrating entertaining and informing Hausa folkores. Younger ones are those that used to call for the gatherings in every Hausa societies, “Tanko! Uwani! Kadade! kadada! aunty Magajiya is narrating folklore…” As they informs their peers in merriment.

Hausa folklores are mostly narrated in the evening or at night for according to myth, people used to vanish to unknown world when they listen to folklores or participates in narrating it in the afternoon or broad daylight. Today, the rules are now being overlooked, Hausas now pleased themselves even in the broad daylight not minding whether they would be vanished to the world unknown to humans, unlike the grey-haired or elderly ones, who are currently maintaining the norms till now.

Hausa folklores are rich and bound in moral lessons of everyday life. At the end of every story, the narrator would ask the listeners what and what lessons they learnt from the stories. Our forefathers used it as a tool to indict moral characters to their children in those days.

Hausa folklores as modern day drama like comprises Human beings, Insects, Beast of burden, Domestic animals, Wild animals, Gift of nature, Non-living things which makes it easily accepted by Kanmywood, an Hausa film industry based in Kano state of Nigeria as film materials. They are also documented and used in schools.

Hausa folklores like other Africans have been passed from generations to generations and have over the years remained intact, documented and are now mostly used by Hausa film industry “Kannywood” as film materials, published and translated into many languages for used in schools, mostly Niger Republic and Nigeria and others.

In starting every story, the saying goes like this, “gatanan, gatananku, ta je ta dawo, wannan gatanace game da… – A story a story, let it goes let it come… this is a story about…” while in conclusion, the narrators used to say, “kunkur kan kusu- Off with the rats head” to end the story and affirms the listeners that folklore is fiction.

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