A Folk Story from Dhofar A Pathway to Indigenous Knowledge

Ali Tigani ElMahi, Ahmed Mohamed al Khatheri


Folktales serve certain aspects and involve meaningful intentions in the society. This paper assess a Dhofari folk story in Oman. The story denotes the significance of folk explanation for the first emergence of poultry in Dhofar. It compares the beautiful coloured bird the Arabian partridge, Alectoris melanocephala in Dhofar’s environment with the common domestic chicken Gallus domesticus. The paper concludes that the folktales target the conservation of the society’s traditions, educating and enlightening the society’s members especially the young generations and most all demonstrates the faculty of folk explanation. Therefore, the paper urges that these folktales must be documented and studied, since they represent a valuable key part in the Omani cultural heritage.



Folktales, Dhofari folk story, the role of folktales, Dhofar region, Arabian partridge, Omani cultural heritage.

Full Text:


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24200/jass.vol6iss2pp5-12


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2017 Ali Tigani ElMahi, Ahmed Mohamed al Khatheri

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


This journal and its content is licensed under a Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International.

Flag Counter