By Harold Scheub
Scheub deals an extraordinary selection of four hundred tales, prepared alphabetically, that contact on nearly each element of non secular trust. listed here 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 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 the following too is a fable 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 offers information regarding the respective trust method, the most characters, and comparable tales or versions. maybe most crucial, Scheub emphasizes the position of mythmaker as storyteller--as a performer for an viewers. He explores numerous options, from the rhythmic hobbies of a Zulu mythmaker's palms to the best way a storyteller will play at the frequent context of alternative myths inside her cultural context.
In A Dictionary of African Mythology, Harold Scheub has built a useful bridge to the richly various oral cultures of Africa. during this fantastic assortment, he not just offers hundreds and hundreds of attention-grabbing 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