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Mystique et mysticisme dans Le Soleil, la folle et le taureau de Mamadou Samb
Mystique and Mysticism in Mamadou Samb’s Le soleil, la folle et le taureau

Author(s): Joseph Ahimann Preira
Subject(s): Studies of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: mystic; mysticism; curse; fetish; animism; worship;
Summary/Abstract: In its evolution, Senegalese literature presents the beliefs and lifestyles of the Senegalese people. Thus, after works like Ô pays mon beau peuple of Ousmane Sembene, Aliin Sitooye Jaata ou la dame de Kabrus of Marouba Fall, the novel Le Soleil, la folle et le taureau, published in 2003 and written by the Senegalese Mamadou Samb, plunges us in the middle of traditional diola. The cultural realism of the work leads the reader to a village in the department of Oussouye, in the heart of Casamance, in southern Senegal where a woman is the victim of two ruthless curses that leave no escape. Indeed, to the curse of the territorial spirits is added the curse of the fetish of the village. Nene, heroine of the novel is oppressed by mystical forces that also attack all those who approach her. Observing the type of the territorial and ancestral curse that falls on Nene, the animistic practices related to magical religious beliefs, mysteries and fantasy are updated. It is then a whole set of mysteries related to mystic and diola mysticism that is discovered by the reader through the work.

  • Page Range: 372-385
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: French