By Harold Scheub
Scheub bargains an extraordinary choice of four hundred tales, prepared alphabetically, that contact on almost 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 lots more and plenty 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. the following, 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 each one tale, yet offers information regarding the respective trust approach, the most characters, and comparable tales or editions. maybe most vital, Scheub emphasizes the position of mythmaker as storyteller--as a performer for an viewers. He explores quite a few innovations, from the rhythmic events of a Zulu mythmaker's palms to the way in which a storyteller will play at the generic 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 excellent assortment, he not just presents 1000s of interesting myths, yet recaptures their cultural contexts--in which tale and storyteller, culture and function, all merge.
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A Dictionary of African Mythology: The Mythmaker as Storyteller by Harold Scheub