Creative Inputs of Deity Myth by Two Igbo Playwrights

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Ikwubuzo, I.
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International Journal of Multicultural Education
Myth, as we know, is part of the people's folklore. Basically, myth exists in oral form and has a feature of communal ownership. Apart from its oral existence, creative writers can utilize myth for different artistic purposes. A people's culture colors and shapes the people's literary creation. And so, in different cultures, writers do draw upon traditional materials such as proverbs, myths, etc, to embellish their contemporary works of literature. Nnolim(1987) observes that the myth of ogbanje has become an in convertible strain in the works of Achebe, Soyinka and Clark (Emenyonu 1987). Ola Rotimi's The Gods Are Not To Blame (1971) and Onyekaonwu's Igbo play, Nwata Rie Awo (1980), are both adaptations of the play, Oedipus Rex which itself is an adaptation of the greek myth of Oedipus by Sophocles, a Greek playwright. In Homeric poems, myths are prominent. Other examples of oral artists and writers who draw upon their societal background myths abound. The Igbo literary artists also draw from their cultural background . They can do that for a number of reasons one of which is to reinforce the existence of that body of culture and by so doing ensure the continuity of people's lore. As observed in African literature of English expression. writers of Igbo literature can allude to their societal myth or make it the main thrust of their literary works as in Maduekwe's novel, Dinta (1975). Akoma's poem, " Ogbanje" (Ekechukwu ed. 1975) and chukuezi's poem ingredient.
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Myth , Mythology , Culture , Homeric poems , Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Languages and linguistics
Ikwubuzo, I. (2007). Creative Inputs of Deity Myth by Two Igbo Playwrights. International Journal of Multicultural Education