Vol 5 No 6 (2019): International Journal For Research In Social Science And Humanities (ISSN: 2208-2697)


Daniel Mengistie Yimer
Dire Dawa University, Ethiopia
Published June 30, 2019
  • Jiggiea,
  • NortWollo,
  • Amharic poetry,
  • praise,
  • socio-political commentary,
  • historical record
  • ...More
How to Cite
Yimer, D. M. (2019). JIGGIEA AMHARIC ORAL POETRY IN NORTH WOLLO: SOCIAL FUNCTIONS AND A SAMPLE ANALYSIS. International Journal For Research In Social Science And Humanities | ISSN: 2208-2697, 5(6), 01-21. Retrieved from https://gnpublication.org/index.php/ssh/article/view/974


The study was conductedon “Jiggiea Amharic oral poetry in north wollo: social functions and a sample analysis”. As a pushing factor, ‘Jiggiea’ oral Amharic poetry performance gradually vanished from the farmers. One among the influences is modernization. Peasants are using mobile phone recorders in farming activities. Hence, this issue initiated the researcher to conduct a study on it. Therefore, the general objective of the study to investigate the social functions of Amharic oral poems produced and received by the people of North Wollo particularly engaged in Jiggiea. To attain the objective of the study, the researcher employed qualitative research method. Besides, primary and secondary sources for data collection were used. The primary data collection tools are interview and observation. Researches, articles, and journals were also employed as secondary method of data collection. This study was designed to record poems in North Wollo and to examine their social functions through thematic as well as contextual analyses. One of the findings the study revealed that praise, socio-political commentary, historical record and inspiring as the major social functions of Jiggiea oral poetry. Praise appeared to play roles in boosting farmers’ hard work, praise to bean ox, friends, place such as North Wollo and ethnic groups. In the category of socio-political commentary, condemnations of the behaviour of the farmers such as laziness, maladministration, generation gap, envy and malevolent, and expressions of government protests were reflected. In recording history, Jiggiea Amharic oral poems also reflect historical events and places such as great famine in Wollo and the historical province of ‘Raya Azebo’. Moreover, ‘Jiggiea’ oral poetry was also found out to play great roles in terms of inspiring team spirit and boosting work moral.


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