By Harold Scheub

ISBN-10: 0195124561

ISBN-13: 9780195124569

ISBN-10: 019512457X

ISBN-13: 9780195124576

during this remarkable selection of hundreds of thousands of attention-grabbing, mysterious, and revealing stories, Harold Scheub captures the mammoth sweep and variety of African mythology.
Scheub bargains an extraordinary choice of four hundred tales, prepared alphabetically, that contact on nearly each point of non secular trust. listed below are gods and goddesses, epic heroes and divine tricksters, besides epics of the world's origins, the fight among the human and the divine, and masses extra. Scheub covers the whole continent, from the mouth of the Nile to the shorelines of the Cape of excellent 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 delusion of the way the moon and the toad created the 1st guy and lady, from the Soko of Congo. Scheub not just retells each one tale, yet presents information regarding the respective trust procedure, the most characters, and similar tales or editions. probably most vital, Scheub emphasizes the function of mythmaker as storyteller--as a performer for an viewers. He explores a variety of thoughts, from the rhythmic events of a Zulu mythmaker's palms to the way in which a storyteller will play at the regular context of different myths inside her cultural context.
In A Dictionary of African Mythology, Harold Scheub has developed a useful bridge to the richly assorted oral cultures of Africa. during this remarkable assortment, he not just offers thousands of attention-grabbing myths, yet recaptures their cultural contexts--in which tale and storyteller, culture and function, all merge.

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