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1976: 160). ble. mcrus in the Or'3l ttadition are mote fixed. and therefore mQre fOrntulaic, th:sn others. ,·c fixily IUld conlinuily. ·iously repeated in more or less unchanged fo rm between tales. These fo rmulae oonsist o( songs. aie" quality of even everyday speec-h; sec Deborah Tannen (1982: 2 5)). n the. ion. Thus I avoid the term m(Jlif, which connotes the indexing activiry. atic in its disparity and de-finitions. ula need not constitute an cntiru opbodc-, tJtOugh it oftun is its ecnlflll olcrnent.
These operations are orchestrated by a storyteller to reveal the intended theme through allegorical comparison. But none of this activity is possible without plot. ng them from beginning to end. There are numerous ploL~ in the communal inshimi memory. They consist of action outlines, indicating rather than specifying possible images, acts,. characters, conflicts, and resolutions. r ta1e. However. since the 2 Bynum points out that the "sanction of fable is a tradition of ~Uing $tOries. not realil)' or anyone's actual cxpcric-oce.
The repetition of formulaic eleoents commonly creates allegory in narrative performances. At this point I want. 'lphor as key processe-s in the inshimi tradition. " we can look at some of the basic qualities of metaphor, which we can apply to a more detaile
Allegorical speculation in an oral society: the Tabwa narrative tradition by Robert Cancel