Death and the kings horseman is a play by wole soyinka based on a real incident that took place in nigeria during british colonial rule the horseman of a yoruba king was prevented from committing ritual suicide by the colonial authorities. Death and the kings horseman one of soyinkas tragedies presents a representation of the yoruba worldviewin yoruba cosmology there are three worlds the world of the living the world of . Based on an actual brouhaha that went down in 1946 wole soyinkas death and the kings horseman 1975 is about a dude named elesin who you may not be shocked to learn has been serving as the kings horseman in the city of oyo in nigeria now since there are a couple of different monarchies . Death and the kings horseman summary back next how it all goes down when the play opens the yoruba king has just died and elesin oba the kings horseman according to tradition must follow his king to the great beyond the move is important because it keeps the universe spinning. Death and the kings horseman blends european literary theater with total theater traditions from the yoruba tribe in southwest nigeria through poetry chorus politics and storytelling soyinka both entertains and asks subtle questions about mass psychology individual psychology and universal human struggles of the will
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