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In none of the three jugs
The three jugs where on certain evenings return
the tranquil souls,
the breaths of the ancestors,
the ancestors who were men,
the ancestors who were sages,
Mother has dipped three fingers
three fingers of her left hand:
thumb, forefinger and middle finger
I have dipped three fingers
three fingers of my right hand:
thumb, forefinger and middle finger.

(From "Viaticum"by B. Diop)

In this poem, the repetitive pattern suggests

Options

A) pain, agony, and misery

B) ritual or established form of worship

C) the love of a mother for her child

D) the beauty of the full moon

E) the glorious lives of our ancestors

The correct answer is B.

Explanation:

In “Viaticum,” a popular poem which relies on the various forms of sacrifice which is performed on an initiate who sets out to meet the challenges of life, Diop demonstrates his complete knowledge and handling of subject matter. Although the word “Viaticum” derives from the Christian religious practice of ministering, Diop adapts it to meet the indigenous African ritual practice of preparing the youth for growth into adulthood.

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  • In “Viaticum,” a popular poem which relies on the various forms of sacrifice which is performed on an initiate who sets out to meet the challenges of life, Diop demonstrates his complete knowledge and handling of subject matter. Although the word “Viaticum” derives from the Christian religious practice of ministering, Diop adapts it to meet the indigenous African ritual practice of preparing the youth for growth into adulthood.

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