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By Harold Scheub

during this impressive choice of 1000's of interesting, mysterious, and revealing stories, Harold Scheub captures the sizeable sweep and variety of African mythology.
Scheub bargains an unparalleled choice of four hundred tales, prepared alphabetically, that contact on nearly each point of non secular trust. listed here 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 whole continent, from the mouth of the Nile to the seashores of the Cape of fine wish, 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 ways the moon and the toad created the 1st guy and girl, from the Soko of Congo. Scheub not just retells every one tale, yet presents information regarding the respective trust process, the most characters, and comparable tales or versions. possibly most vital, Scheub emphasizes the position of mythmaker as storyteller--as a performer for an viewers. He explores quite a few recommendations, from the rhythmic hobbies of a Zulu mythmaker's fingers to the best way a storyteller will play at the customary context of alternative myths inside her cultural context.
In A Dictionary of African Mythology, Harold Scheub has developed a useful bridge to the richly various oral cultures of Africa. during this outstanding assortment, he not just presents enormous quantities of attention-grabbing myths, yet recaptures their cultural contexts--in which tale and storyteller, culture and function, all merge.

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