Imagery in the Lumasaba riddles
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This research includes riddle definitions, analysis of subjects, metaphors and formulae of riddles as well as the functions of ridding. New challenges are the driving forces behind research. So, I attempted to find something new in my work and new for me is has been discovering the imagery in riddles drawing my focus in Lumasaba riddles. According to African Tradition, Africans never had a formal system of education. In this sense, education took place informally in various activities such as work, entertainment, ceremonies, and worship among others. Work among Bamasaaba could include hunting, fruit gathering, livestock and crop farming, grinding, cooking, harvesting, and other communal work such as cleaning wells, building houses etcetera. Riddles were used to encouraging hard work and also to improve the children's intellectual understanding. Entertainment on the other hand was common among children during playtime and elders had time for entertainment to celebrate good harvests and successful achievements in their families. Such was done with dance commonly known as Luwegele accompanied by songs of victory. Riddles were also used for entertainment purposes such that whenever a riddle was posed and the respondent failed, the rest of the audience would laugh and make fun of the respondent who failed the riddle. Ceremonies like marriage were also very important among the Bamasaba. Here, the guest of honor used riddles during the ceremony with the intention of dramatizing the event and creating humor.