The Element of Symbolism in non-animals featured in the Yorùbá Health-related Genres

Ọládélé Caleb Orímóògùnjẹ́


This paper will attempt a study of how symbolism portrays some in-animate objects featured in the verbal arts used in the Yorùbá indigenous healthcare practices.  We shall attempt to show how symbolism is related to in-animate characters in the indigenous healthcare practices.  We shall analyse the texts under study at the metaphorical level taking their socio-cultural contexts into consideration.  The psychological dimension on the users of health-related genres will also be investigated. Various scholars have used Symbolism as a critical concept and tool in their analysis of literary works.


Symbolism, Genres, Health-related, metaphorical level, meta-symbolism, meto-symbolism.

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