Tales from Africa

Tales from Africa

by Kathleen Arnott

Paperback(Revised ed.)

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Overview

Drawn from all parts of Africa, these stories convey the fierce sense of justice inherent in African peoples, their powers of patience and endurance, and their supreme ability as storytellers. A greedy spider, an evil shark, flying horses, a cruel baboon, a scheming tortoise, and a cunning hare are among the many animal characters in this riveting collection. Yet even though animals feature prominently in most of the stories, humans are not neglected either. Meet blacksmiths, kings, chiefs, peasants, and even an African Superman. There are also answers to such important questions as why the crab has no head, why the sun and moon live in the sky, and why flies buzz. The tales are collected from all across the continent—from Nigeria to Congo to South Africa—and translated from over a dozen languages like Swahili, Bantu, Fulani, Zulu, and Yoruba.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192750792
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 07/20/2000
Series: Oxford Myths and Legends Series
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,021,751
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

Why the Dog is the Friend of Man
1(4)
Congo (Bushong)
The Man who Learned the Language of the Animals
5(8)
Ghana (Akan)
Tortoise and the Lizard
13(4)
East/Central Africa (Bantu)
The Rubber Man
17(6)
Northern Nigeria (Hausa)
Tortoise and the Baboon
23(3)
Malawi (Nyanja)
Spider and the Lion
26(7)
Northern Nigeria (Hausa)
Thunder and Lightning
33(3)
Eastern Nigeria (Ibibio)
Why the Crab has no Head or How the First River was Made
36(5)
Eastern Nigeria (Ikom)
A Test of Skill
41(3)
Northern Nigeria (Hausa)
The Tale of the Superman
44(13)
Northern Nigeria (Hausa)
Why the Bush-Fowl Calls at Dawn and Why Flies Buzz
57(8)
Eastern Nigeria (Ekoi)
Spider and Squirrel
65(4)
Ghana (Akan)
Unanana and the Elephant
69(6)
South Africa (Zulu)
Spider's Web
75(4)
Central Nigeria (Tiv)
The Magic Horns
79(7)
South Africa (Xhosa)
Snake Magic
86(17)
East Africa (Swahili)
Hare and the Corn Bins
103(4)
Northern Nigeria (Fulani)
What the Squirrel Saw
107(3)
Congo (Mongo)
Hare and the Hyena
110(4)
East/Central Africa (Bantu)
The Calabash Children
114(7)
Tanzania (Chaga)
The Blacksmith's Dilemma
121(5)
Uganda (Baganda)
The Magic Drum
126(9)
West Nigeria (Yoruba)
Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky
135(2)
Eastern Nigeria (Ibibio)
The Monkey's Heart
137(5)
East Africa (Swahili)
The Children who Lived in a Tree-House
142(10)
Tanzania (Kamba)
Why the Bat Flies at Night
152(3)
Eastern Nigeria (Ibibio)
Tug of War
155(3)
East/Central Africa (Bantu)
The Discontented Fish
158(4)
Senegal (Fulani)
Hallabau's Jealousy
162(8)
Northern Nigeria (Hausa)
Goto, King of the Land and the Water
170(12)
Northern Nigeria (Fulani)
The Singing Drum and the Mysterious Pumpkin
182(7)
East/Central Africa (Bantu)
The Snake Chief
189(9)
South Africa (Xhosa)
The Two Brothers
198(5)
South Africa (Zulu)
Fereyel and Debbo Engal the Witch
203(12)
Gambia (Fulani)
Bibliography 215

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