African Myths of Origin

ISBN-10: 0140449450

ISBN-13: 9780140449457

Edition: 2005

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A rich, unique anthology of retold fables from Africa Gathering a wide range of traditional African myths, this compelling new collection offers tales of heroes battling mighty serpents and monstrous birds, brutal family conflict and vengeance, and desperate migrations across vast and alien lands. From accounts of the inventive wiles of animal- creators and a community forced to flee a giant crocodile to the heroic story of the cripple Sunjata who rose to found an empire, all the narratives here concern origins. They offer a kaleidoscopic picture representative of the rich cultures and societies of the African continent: the ways of life, the peoplesfrom small hunting bands to great empiresand the states that have taken shape over many generations and environments.
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.80" long x 0.91" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

A Note on the Text
List of Maps
Some General Themes
Stories About Hunters
The San Peoples of Southern Africa
Pygmies of the Central African Forests
The Songhay Hunters of the Niger River
The Origin of Hunters' Associations: Sanen and Kontron of the Manden
How Hunters Learned about Magic
The Animal Bride I: The Changed Skin
The Animal Bride II: Sirankomi
The Cattle-Herders
Khoi-Khoi Cattle Stories
Fulbe Stories of Cattle
The Maasai of East Africa
The Great Lakes I: The Origin of Cattle (Rwanda)
The Great Lakes II: The Story of Wamara (BaHaya)
The Chagga of East Africa: Murile
Uthlakanyana, the Zulu Child Trickster
Stories of Moni-Mambu of the BaKongo
Ture, the Zande Trickster
Eshu of the Yoruba
Legba of the Fon
Ananse the Spider, of the Ashanti
Stories of Kingdoms and Peoples
Ancient Africa
Egyptian Stories
Peoples of the Upper Nile and East Africa
The Oromo of Southern Ethiopia
The Shilluk of Southern Sudan
The Luo of Sudan and Uganda
The Gikuyu of Kenya
The Swahili of the Coast
Kingdoms of the Great Lakes
The Kingdom of Bunyoro
The Kingdom of Buganda
The Kingdom of Rwanda
The Kingdom of Burundi
Central East Africa
Nsong's Lianja, Hero of the Mongo
The Kuba Kingdom of the Bushoong: Mboom and Woot
The First Kings of the Luba
The Kingdoms of the Lunda
The Bemba of Zambia
The Peoples of Southern Africa
The Shona of Zimbabwe
The Nguni Peoples of Southern Africa: Zulu, Xhosa, Swazi
The Khoi-Khoi: Stories of Heitsi-Eibib
The Central Atlantic
The Yaka of the Kwango River
The Kingdom of Kongo
The Fang of Gabon and Cameroon
Jeki la Njambe of the Duala
The Bamun Kingdom of Cameroon
From the Forest to the Niger
The Igbo
The Kingdom of the Nupe: Tsoede
The Jukun Kingdom of the Kororofa
The Bachama and Bata of the Upper Benue
The Peoples of the Coast
The city of Benin
The Yoruba of South-western Nigeria
Borgu and the Legend of Kisra
The Fon and the Kingdom of Dahomey
The Akan-Ashanti and the Baule of the Forest
The Mossi Plateau
The Founding of Gonja
A Dagomba Hero
The Mossi of Burkina Faso
The Dogon of the Bandiagara Escarpment
Lake Chad and the Central Sudan
The Sara and the Sow of Lake Chad
The Kingdom of Bagirmi
The Kingdoms of Kanem and Bornu
The Hausa
The Kingdoms of the Western Sudan
The Songhay Peoples of the Middle Niger
The City of Djenne
The Soninke
The Maninka and the Empire of Mali
The Bamana of the Middle Niger
The Peoples of Senegambia
The Mandinka of Senegambia
The Sereer of Senegal
Njaajaan Njaay and the Wolof
The Futa Tooro
Malick Sy and Bondu
The Sahara
The Tuareg of the Sahara
Sources and Further Reading
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