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By Harold Scheub

during this exceptional number of 1000's of interesting, mysterious, and revealing stories, Harold Scheub captures the big sweep and variety of African mythology.
Scheub bargains an extraordinary number of four hundred tales, prepared alphabetically, that contact on almost 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 total 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. the following, 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 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 comparable tales or editions. probably most vital, Scheub emphasizes the position of mythmaker as storyteller--as a performer for an viewers. He explores quite a few ideas, from the rhythmic activities of a Zulu mythmaker's arms to the best way a storyteller will play at the ordinary context of different myths inside of her cultural context.
In A Dictionary of African Mythology, Harold Scheub has built a useful bridge to the richly assorted oral cultures of Africa. during this really good 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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