African Myths of Origin

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Penguin UK, Dec 1, 2005 - Fiction - 544 pages
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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 impassioned descriptions of animal-creators to dramatic stories of communities forced to flee monstrous crocodiles, all the narratives found here concern origins - whether of the universe, peoples or families. Together, they create a kaleidoscopic picture of the rich and varied oral traditions that have shaped the culture and society of successive generations of Africans for thousands of years, throughout the long struggle to survive and explore this massive and environmentally diverse continent.
 

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Contents

Introduction
A Note on the Text
List of Maps
PART ISOME GENERAL THEMESSTORIES ABOUT HUNTERS
1THE SAN PEOPLES OF SOUTHERN AFRICA
2PYGMIES OF THE CENTRAL AFRICAN FORESTS
3THE SONGHAY HUNTERS OF THE NIGER RIVER
SANEN AND KONTRON OF THE MANDEN
36THE SHONA OF ZIMBABWE
ZULU XHOSA SWAZI
STORIES OF HEITSIEIBIB
THE CENTRAL ATLANTIC
39THE YAKA OF THE KWANGO RIVER
40THE KINGDOM OF KONGO
41THE FANG OF GABON AND CAMEROON
42JEKI LA NJAMBE OF THE DUALA

5HOW HUNTERS LEARNED ABOUT MAGIC
THE CHANGED SKIN
SIRANKOMI
THE CATTLEHERDERS
8KHOIKHOI CATTLE STORIES
9FULBE STORIES OF CATTLE
10THE MAASAI OF EAST AFRICA
THE ORIGIN OF CATTLE RWANDA
THE STORY OF WAMARA BAHAYA
MURILE
TRICKSTERS
14UTHLAKANYANA THE ZULU CHILD TRICKSTER
15STORIES OF MONIMAMBU OF THE BAKONGO
16TURE THE ZANDE TRICKSTER
17ESHU OF THE YORUBA
18LEGBA OF THE FON
19ANANSE THE SPIDER OF THE ASHANTI
PART IISTORIES OF KINGDOMS AND PEOPLES
ANCIENT AFRICA
20EGYPTIAN STORIES
21ETHIOPIA
PEOPLES OF THE UPPER NILE AND EAST AFRICA
22THE OROMO OF SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA
23THE SHILLUK OF SOUTHERN SUDAN
24THE LUO OF SUDAN AND UGANDA
25THE GIKUYU OF KENYA
26THE SWAHILI OF THE COAST
KINGDOMS OF THE GREAT LAKES
27THE KINGDOM OF BUNYORO
28THE KINGDOM OF BUGANDA
29THE KINGDOM OF RWANDA
30THE KINGDOM OF BURUNDI
CENTRAL EAST AFRICA
31NSONGA LIANJA HERO OF THE MONGO
MBOOM AND WOOT
33THE FIRST KINGS OF THE LUBA
34THE KINGDOMS OF THE LUNDA
35THE BEMBA OF ZAMBIA
THE PEOPLES OF SOUTHERN AFRICA
43THE BAMUN KINGDOM OF CAMEROON
FROM THE FOREST TO THE NIGER
44THE IGBO
TSOEDE
46THE JUKUN KINGDOM OF THE KOROROFA
47THE BACHAMA AND BATA OF THE UPPER BENUE
THE PEOPLES OF THE COAST
48THE CITY OF BENIN
49THE YORUBA OF SOUTHWESTERN NIGERIA
50BORGU AND THE LEGEND OF KISRA
51THE FON AND THE KINGDOM OF DAHOMEY
52THE AKANASHANTI AND THE BAULE OF THE FOREST
THE MOSSI PLATEAU
53THE FOUNDING OF GONJA
54A DAGOMBA HERO
55THE MOSSI OF BURKINA FASO
56THE DOGON OF THE BANDIAGARA ESCARPMENT
LAKE CHAD AND THE CENTRAL SUDAN
57THE SARA AND THE SOW OF LAKE CHAD
58THE KINGDOM OF BAGIRMI
59THE KINGDOMS OF KANEM AND BORNU
60THE HAUSA
THE KINGDOMS OF THE WESTERN SUDAN
61THE SONGHAY PEOPLES OF THE MIDDLE NIGER
62THE CITY OF DJENNE
63THE SONINKE
64THE MANINKA AND THE EMPIRE OF MALI
65THE BAMANA OF THE MIDDLE NIGER
THE PEOPLES OF SENEGAMBIA
66THE MANDINKA OF SENEGAMBIA
67THE SEREER OF SENEGAL
68NJAAJAAN NJAAY AND THE WOLOF
69THE FUTA TOORO
70MALICK SY AND BONDU
THE SAHARA71THE TUAREG OF THE SAHARA
Sources and Further Reading
Index
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Stephen Belcher was born in Cairo, Egypt, and spent much of his childhood in Africa and Europe. He holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Brown University and has taught in the history department at Pennsylvania State University. He is the co-editor (with John W. Johnson and Thomas Hale) of Voices from a Vast Continent: Oral Epics from Africa, and the author of Epic Traditions of Africa. He is currently teaching at the University of Kankan in the Republic of Guinea.

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