PORTRAITURE OF GENDER CONSTRUCTION AND SPACES IN MANGU PUUSKAT FESTIVAL

PORTRAITURE OF GENDER CONSTRUCTION AND SPACES IN MANGU PUUSKAT FESTIVAL

Authors

  • Peace Sorochi Longdet Department of English School of Languages Federal College of Education Pankshin, Plateau State

Keywords:

Gender,, Puuskat Festival, Mangu, spaces

Abstract

Africans and the Mwaghavul in particular indulge in many festivals and rituals. The festivals
and rituals are carried out at different times and for various reasons. They include worship
of certain ancestral spirits and deities for purposes of marking a new season. Mangu, a town
in Plateau State, Nigeria, like other African traditional communities, engages in different
festivals and rituals and one of such festivals is the Puuskat Festival. The cultural material
this study examines include heroic poetry, songs and dramatic performances during the
Puuskat festivals. The study contends that the possession and production of certain festivals
and rituals are exclusively determined by sex of the performer and audience, which often
are male-dominated. Nevertheless, a close look at the cultural material and performances
during the festival depicts an ambivalence of gendered relationships. This paper examines
the portraiture of gender constructions and spaces in Puuskat festival. The study is guided
by the following questions: what literary devices are used in the construction of gender
in Puuskat festival? and how are gender issues such as gender stereotypes, gender roles,
inequality in polygamous marriages, sex roles, the sexual division of labour and spaces
performed in Puuskat festival? The study uses a conceptual framework drawn from
different strands of feminist theories to analyse literary devices deployed to expose gender
construction in Puuskat festivals. The study argues that the Puuskat festival could provide
women with a space to negotiate their identity.

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Published

14-11-2022

How to Cite

Peace Sorochi Longdet. (2022). PORTRAITURE OF GENDER CONSTRUCTION AND SPACES IN MANGU PUUSKAT FESTIVAL. SOKOTO JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND LINGUISTICS (SJOLLL), 2(1), 134–144. Retrieved from https://sjolll.org.ng/index.php/sjolll/article/view/25
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