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Afro-Asian Literature

Chinese Literature





beginnings. It was first recorded about 5,000 years ago and has since documented the dreams and visions of a people who number about one-fifth of the world’s


but The and does has the words because same polysyllabic This the is tonal might which you of syllables. words give number limited. . that language a Chinese word changes in meaning when it is said. language.Chinese Language ►The not four idea in the is Chinese have language any is monosyllabic.

Chinese Writing ▶Chinese writing is different. It has no alphabet. therefore. Each character does not represent the spoken word. Chinese writing is. instead it consists of about 50. .000 characters. instead it represents an idea. made up of ideographs.

Chinese. . and Vietnamese thought and life. whose teachings and philosophy have deeply Korean. influenced Japanese.Confucius ►was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher.

Two Greatest Chinese Poets ▶Li Po. . was one of the leading Chinese poets of the eight century. or Li Tai Po. His writings deal with the good things in life and with the pathos of human destiny.

Two Greatest Chinese Poets Po-Chu-I was well-known Chinese poet who represented the classical tradition in Chinese literature. He was a public official who was inspired by a strong social conscience. and morality. . politics.

.Japanese Literature ▶ The Japanese are intensely proud of their history and take great care in keeping and preserving records. In cities there are professional storytellers who earn their livelihood by narrating legendary and historical tales.

But there now exists in Japan a basic alphabet of only forty-seven characters—the Katakana .Japanese Written Language ►The written language. each character representing an idea. consists mainly of characters borrowed from the Chinese. therefore. .

Japanese Literary Works Records of Ancient Matters. It is written in Chinese. is the oldest surviving book in Japan. . but it includes numerous Japanese names and phrases.

It tells of the early history of Japan in poetry and shows the profound influence of the Chinese. It is more elaborate and detailed than the Kojiki. is the second oldest book of in Japan.Japanese Literary Works Nihongi. .

3 Types of Japanese Drama Noh play-it was a play reserved for nobility. and the audience dressed themselves in ceremonial robes. . Legend says that the Noh has its origin in dance and that this dance was invented by the gods.

The strings are expertly manipulated and the dialogue realistically interpreted.3 Types of Japanese Drama Puppet play (or doll theater)-the puppets are beautifully made and lifelike in size. .

.3 Types of Japanese Drama Kabuki-it is less intellectual and more realistic. even sensational.

▶ Haiku.Japanese Poetry ▶Manyo Shu (collection of myriad leaves).is the most popular Japanese poetry and it is composed of a seventeen-syllable the oldest collection of poetry and was compiled in A.D 800. .

practicality.Philippine Literature ♥Philippine Literature has its roots in the efforts of the United States. to establish in the country a government based on the ideals of "universality. which had been engaged in a war with Filipino nationalist forces at the end of the 19th century. and democracy." .

and folktales. ▶ The Spanish Occupation. myths. .the literature during this period was religious in nature.Three Periods in Philippine Literature ▶ The Legendary and Epic Age. legends. ▶The American Occupation.the literature of this period consisted of magical incantations.the Americans introduced the English language.

. With liberation and increased literacy since most African nations gained their independence in the 50s & 60s.African Literature ▶The African works best known in the West from the period of colonization and slave trade.

Their unique hairstyle know as the "dreadlocks“. .Rastafarianism ▶Rastafarianism is a religion that was created in the early 1900 hundreds due to the social and poor economic conditions of the Black people in Jamaica.

was a song-writer. .Bob Marley ▶Marley is regarded by many as a prophet of the Rastafarian move- ment. guitarist. He is the most widely known performer of reggae music. and activist. Jamaican singer.

La Amistad became a symbol in the movement to abolish slavery after a group of African captives aboard revolted.La Amistad ►it was originally named Friendship but was renamed after being purchased by a Spaniard. .

throughout human .Slave Trade ►The history of slavery covers many different forms of human exploitation across many cultures history.