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By Harold Scheub

ISBN-10: 0195124561

ISBN-13: 9780195124569

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ISBN-13: 9780195124576

during this remarkable number of hundreds of thousands of attention-grabbing, mysterious, and revealing stories, Harold Scheub captures the vast sweep and variety of African mythology.
Scheub bargains an unheard of selection of four hundred tales, prepared alphabetically, that contact on nearly each element of spiritual trust. listed below are gods and goddesses, epic heroes and divine tricksters, in addition to epics of the world's origins, the fight among the human and the divine, and masses extra. Scheub covers the complete continent, from the mouth of the Nile to the beaches of the Cape of fine desire, together with North African in addition to sub-Saharan cultures. right here, for instance, is the story of Abu Zayd (from the Bani Hilal of Tunisia), an epic hero who battles a jinni; and right here too is a fantasy of the way the moon and the toad created the 1st guy and girl, from the Soko of Congo. Scheub not just retells every one tale, yet offers information regarding the respective trust method, the most characters, and similar tales or editions. maybe most crucial, Scheub emphasizes the function of mythmaker as storyteller--as a performer for an viewers. He explores quite a few thoughts, from the rhythmic events of a Zulu mythmaker's arms to the way in which a storyteller will play at the everyday context of different myths inside of her cultural context.
In A Dictionary of African Mythology, Harold Scheub has developed a useful bridge to the richly different oral cultures of Africa. during this outstanding assortment, he not just presents countless numbers of interesting myths, yet recaptures their cultural contexts--in which tale and storyteller, culture and function, all merge.

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