Essential African Mythology

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Thorsons, 1997 - Religion - 183 pages
African myths reflect the creative traditions of hundreds of tribal groups and reveal fascinating perspectives on nature, humanity, and the divine, as well as on the origin and destiny of the world.While some stories have remained unchanged for generations, others are constantly evolving. "Essential African Mythology" records a sampling of these unusual traditions, revealing both ancient beliefs and emerging ideas.

Each of these tales depicts a close relationship with the land- and a deep interest in the spiritual realm. Here spirits can be distant and mighty, as the sky god in thunder, or present and mysterious through individual possession. They may reside in the creatures of the tropical rain forests but possess human traits- for they are men and women in disguise. Filled with interesting views on how life was created, how fire was discovered, and "How Humans Were Scattered, " this collection offers a revealing portrait of Africa's diverse culture and heritage.

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Contents

Chapter One Myths of Origin and Extinction I
58
Chapter Three Gods and Spirits
77
Chapter Six Fables
177
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About the author (1997)

Obed Ochwanyi is a storyteller, broadcaster and educational consultant in Kenya. Elizabeth Breuilly is the co-author of ‘Religion for a Change’, ‘Christianity and Ecology’ and ‘A Tapestry of Tales’.

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