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Article Number - 7AE052E58663


Vol.8(5), pp. 36-44 , May 2016
DOI: 10.5897/IJSA2015.0620
ISSN: 2006-988X



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Census through riddle: the Case of Waliso Liban Oromo, Ethiopia



Chala Dejene Gemechu
  • Chala Dejene Gemechu
  • Jimma University, Ethiopia.
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 Received: 13 July 2015  Accepted: 24 November 2015  Published: 31 May 2016

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The paper examines a special type of riddle, called ‘hibbantee’ used for census, among the Oromo in Ethiopia with particular attention to the Waliso Oromo. The practice is one of the ways of providing information on basic statistics of the population within certain geographical boundaries. It is performed as part of verbal games, specific riddles with its own peculiar formula. Primary data were generated from the area through observation, key informant interview and FGD. The findings of this work indicate that as part of oral literature in general and riddle in particular hibbantee has aesthetic, educational and entrainment values; it enhances competence skills, observational skills, normative skills, memory skills, and entertainment skills.

Key words: Riddle, Hibbantee, Oromo, Waliso, census.

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APA Gemechu, C. D. (2016). Census through riddle: the Case of Waliso Liban Oromo, Ethiopia. International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, 8(5), 36-44.
Chicago Chala Dejene Gemechu. "Census through riddle: the Case of Waliso Liban Oromo, Ethiopia." International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 8, no. 5 (2016): 36-44.
MLA Chala Dejene Gemechu. "Census through riddle: the Case of Waliso Liban Oromo, Ethiopia." International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 8.5 (2016): 36-44.
   
DOI 10.5897/IJSA2015.0620
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/IJSA/article-abstract/7AE052E58663

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