Volume 1: Part Two

Part Two: Memory Transmission ………………………………….75
4 Oral Traditions and the Representation of the Past ………77
4.1 Myths Are Not Just Myths……………………………………………………… 78
4.2 Clue-Providers ………………………………………………………………………80
4.3 Mapping Ancient Rwanda……………………………………………………… 83
4.4 Myths as Source of Divergence ……………………………………………….86
5 The Reminders……………………………………………………………89
5.1 The Drum Impasse ………………………………………………………………..89
5.2 The Drum as a Symbol of the Golden Age ………………………………..92
5.3 Memory Reminders in Independent Rwanda …………………………..93
6 Name as a Memory Keeper …………………………………………97
6.1 Name is Man …………………………………………………………………………98
6.2 Memory in a Nutshell ……………………………………………………………100
6.3 The Selective Character of the Name ………………………………………102
6.4 Personal Name and Collective Memory …………………………………..104
7 Name as Mission Statement ……………………………………….107
7.1 Sealing and Unsealing Fate……………………………………………………..107
7.2 I Am My Past ………………………………………………………………………..110
7.3 The Name ‘Rwanda’ ………………………………………………………………113
8 Names as a Form of Dialogue ………………………………………117
8.1 Coding the Message………………………………………………………………..117
8.2 Decoding and Responding to the Message ……………………………….121
8.3 Language Subtleties ………………………………………………………………123
Summary …………………………………………………………………………………..125