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A representative collection of eighty-one myths and folktales chosen from the oral tradition of the peoples of Africa south of the Sahara.

Originally published in 1970.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Note to the Paperback Edition
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. I. The Universe and Its Beginnings
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. 1. How Spider Obtained the Sky-God's Stories
  2. pp. 25-27
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  1. 2. The Separation of God from Man
  2. pp. 28-32
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  1. 3. The Creator Nyame and His Four Wives
  2. pp. 33-35
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  1. 4. How Abosom, the Lesser Gods, Came into the World
  2. pp. 36-40
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  1. 5. Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky
  2. pp. 41-41
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  1. 6. The Sun and the Children
  2. pp. 42-44
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  1. 7. The Brothers, Sun and Moon, and the Pretty Girl
  2. pp. 45-48
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  1. 8. The Son of the Wind
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. 9. How the Stars Came
  2. pp. 51-55
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  1. 10. How the First Rain Came
  2. pp. 56-59
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  1. 11. The Origin of Death
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. 12. The Origin of Death
  2. pp. 62-62
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  1. 13. The Origin of Death
  2. pp. 63-63
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  1. 14. How Diseases Came to the Ashanti
  2. pp. 64-66
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  1. 15. How the Mason-Wasp Fetched Fire from God
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. 16. How Kintu Was Tested before He Could Marry the Daughter of the King of Heaven
  2. pp. 69-72
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  1. 17. The Son of Kimanaueze and the Daughter of Sun and Moon
  2. pp. 73-78
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  1. 18. The Blue-Jay Who Married the Daughter of God
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. 19. Mantis Creates an Eland
  2. pp. 81-84
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  1. 20. Why the Chief of the Smiths Was Unableto Create Human Beings
  2. pp. 85-86
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  1. 21. How Spider Read the Sky-God's Thoughts
  2. pp. 87-90
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  1. II. The Animal and His World
  2. pp. 91-92
  1. 22. Mantis and the All-Devourer
  2. pp. 93-99
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  1. 23. The Fox and the Wolf
  2. pp. 100-103
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  1. 24. The Elephant and the Tortoise
  2. pp. 104-105
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  1. 25. The Frog and Umdhlubu
  2. pp. 106-112
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  1. 26. The Caterpillar and the Wild Animals
  2. pp. 113-114
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  1. 27. The Gazelle and the Leopard
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. 28. The Leopard, the Squirrel, and the Tortoise
  2. pp. 117-119
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  1. 29. The Hare, the Hyena, and the Lioness's Cave
  2. pp. 120-122
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  1. 30. Nwashisisana, the Hare
  2. pp. 123-128
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  1. 31. Master Rabbit and the Berries
  2. pp. 129-132
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  1. 32. How It Came About That We Shall Always See Okra the Cat Lying on a Velvet Cushion, While Okraman the Dog Sleeps Among the Ashes of the Kitchen Fire
  2. pp. 133-138
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  1. 33. How It Came About That the Hinder Part of Kwaku Ananse the Spider Became Big, at the Expense of His Head,
  2. pp. 139-140
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  1. 34. Why There Are Cracks in Tortoise's Shell
  2. pp. 141-142
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  1. 35. Why Some Animals Became Domesticated
  2. pp. 143-143
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  1. 36. How Honey-Guide Came to HaveAuthority over Honey
  2. pp. 144-145
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  1. 37. The Bird That Made Milk
  2. pp. 146-149
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  1. 38. The Man and the Snake
  2. pp. 150-152
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  1. 39. How Elephant Married a Nama Womanand Was Deceived by Her
  2. pp. 153-154
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  1. 40. How Kwaku Ananse Got Aso in Marriage
  2. pp. 155-158
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  1. III. The Realm of Man
  2. pp. 159-160
  1. 41. The Young Man Who Was Carried Off by a Lion
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. 42. How a Hunter Obtained Money from His Friends the Leopard, the Goat, the Bush Cat, and the Cock, and How He Got Out of Repaying Them
  2. pp. 165-167
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  1. 43. The Little Wise Woman
  2. pp. 168-170
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  1. 44. Zimwa-mbanje the Hemp Smoker
  2. pp. 171-173
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  1. 45. Konyek and His Father
  2. pp. 174-176
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  1. 46. The Lost Sister
  2. pp. 177-178
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  1. 47. The Woman and the Children of theSycamore Tree
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  1. 48. The Girl Who Stayed in the Fork of a Tree
  2. pp. 181-185
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  1. 49. How an Unborn Child Avenged Its Mother's Death
  2. pp. 186-189
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  1. 50. The Woman Who Killed Her Co-Wife
  2. pp. 190-192
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  1. 51. The Slave Girl Who Tried to Kill Her Mistress
  2. pp. 193-196
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  1. 52. The Smart Man and the Fool
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. 53. The Greed of the Old Man and His Wife
  2. pp. 199-200
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  1. 54. How Contradiction Came to the Ashanti
  2. pp. 201-203
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  1. 55. How It Came About That One Person Does NotReveal the Origin from Which AnotherPerson Comes
  2. pp. 204-206
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  1. 56. Why a Girl Should Marry Him to WhomShe is Given in Marriage
  2. pp. 207-208
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  1. 57. How It Came About That Children Were First Whipped
  2. pp. 209-211
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  1. 58. Why It Is That the Elders Say We Should Not Repeat Sleeping-Mat Confidences
  2. pp. 212-214
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  1. 59. Why You Should Let Your Kinsman Accompany You When He Asks to Go Along
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  1. 60. If Someone Does Good to You, You Should Do Good in Return
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  1. 61. Untombinde, the Tall Maiden
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  1. IV. Man and His Fate
  2. pp. 227-228
  1. 62. The Wonder-Worker of the Plains
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  1. 63. The Enchanted Guinea-Fowl
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  1. 64. The Adventures of Mrile
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  1. 65. The Handsome Ogre-Girl of the Pool
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  1. 66. The Town Where None Might Go to Sleep
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  1. 67. The City Where Men Are Mended
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  1. 68. M'wambia and the N'jenge
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  1. 69. The Child and the Eagle
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  1. 70. The Fat Woman Who Melted Away
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  1. 71. The Cherry-Pickers
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  1. 72. Ngomba's Basket
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  1. 73. The Beautiful Girl Who Had No Teeth
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  1. 74. The Girl Who Was Sacrificed by Her Kin and Whom Her Lover Brought Back from Below
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  1. 75. The Wicked Girl and Her Punishment
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  1. 76. The Old Woman Who Stole Milk
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  1. 77. The Wife Who Ate the Wrong Porridge
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  1. 78. The Twin Brothers
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  1. 79. Kenkebe
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  1. 80. The Giant of the Great Water
  2. pp. 296-297
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  1. 81. A Woman for a Hundred Cattle
  2. pp. 298-304
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 305-308
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  1. Sources of the Folktales
  2. pp. 309-312
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 313-320
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-322
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400872947
MARC Record
OCLC
905864531
Pages
322
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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