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Author Oduyoye, Mercy Amba.

Title Daughters of Anowa : African women and patriarchy / Mercy Amba Oduyoye
Published Maryknoll, NY : Orbis Books, [1995]


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Description ix, 229 pages ; 21 cm
Contents Introduction: The Fire of the Smoke -- 1. Mythical Images -- 2. Women in Folktales -- 3. The Language of Proverbs -- 4. Culture's Bondswoman -- 5. Religion's Chief Clients -- 6. Marriage and Patriarchy -- 7. To Deal Justly with African Women -- 8. Calling the Church to Account -- 9. Acting as Women -- 10. Beads and Strands
Summary Organized as a narrative in three cycles, Daughters of Anowa demonstrates how folktalk alienates women from power, discourages individuality and encourages conformity. It also considers the possibilities for the future. Oduyoye posits that change will come about only when the daughters of Anowa (the mythic representative of Africa itself) confront the realities of culture and religion in perpetuating patriarchal oppression and work to realize the goal of a new woman in a new Africa
Daughters of Anowa provides an analysis of the lives of African women today from an African woman's own perspective. It is a study of the influence of culture and religion - particularly of traditional African cultures and Christianity - on African women's lives. Mercy Amba Oduyoye illustrates how myths, proverbs, and folk tales (called "folktalk") operate in the socialization of young women, working to preserve the norms of the community. Daughters of Anowa reveals how global patriarchy manifests itself in these social structures, in both patrilineal and matrilineal communities
Analysis Patriarchy - Africa, Sub-Saharan
Patriarchy - Religious aspects - Christianity - Controversial literature
Women in Christianity - Africa, Sub-Saharan
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-226) and index
Subject Oduyoye, Mercy Amba.
Feminist theology.
Patriarchy -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Patriarchy -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Patriarchy -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- Controversial literature
Women in Christianity -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Women, Ashanti.
Women, Yoruba.
LC no. 95019962
ISBN 0883449994 (paperback: alk. paper)