African Mythology A to Z by Patricia Ann Lynch

By Patricia Ann Lynch

The 1st people could have come from Africa, and lots of nice civilizations have flourished there. From the lengthy historical past of human habitation in Africa; the various geography, vegetation, and fauna of the continent; and the diversity of African cultural ideals comes a desirable and robust culture of fable. African Mythology A to Z is a readable connection with the deities, locations, occasions, animals, ideals, and different topics that seem within the myths of varied African peoples. With approximately three hundred entries written to notify and entice youngsters - and illustrations accompanying the textual content all through - this beneficial source sheds mild on a topic that many american citizens, old and young, locate themselves interested in examine. With an creation that offers old context for larger figuring out the myths, African Mythology A to Z absolutely describes, defines, and explains key tales, characters, topics, and different elements of the myths of African peoples.

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When she commanded the sword to stop fighting, it did. The Ashanti tell a story about Anansi and Aberewa’s sword. Once, there was famine 14 ASAMANDO in the land, and the only food available was in the storehouse of Nyame. In order to become Nyame’s agent and sell his food supplies to the people, Anansi agreed to let his head be shaved daily. However, the shaving was painful, and people made fun of the way he looked. When Anansi could no longer stand this situation, he stole some food and fled to Aberewa’s house.

The Ashanti tell a story about Anansi and Aberewa’s sword. Once, there was famine 14 ASAMANDO in the land, and the only food available was in the storehouse of Nyame. In order to become Nyame’s agent and sell his food supplies to the people, Anansi agreed to let his head be shaved daily. However, the shaving was painful, and people made fun of the way he looked. When Anansi could no longer stand this situation, he stole some food and fled to Aberewa’s house. When he asked the goddess for her protection, she granted it.

One legend says that because of their semidivine status the Chwezi disappeared into the underworld. According to another legend, they drowned themselves in Lake Albert, which is on the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. See also BIGO BYA MUGENYI. COSMIC EGG One of the themes of African creation accounts is the “cosmic egg myth,” in which an egg was the beginning of life. In the FANG CREATION ACCOUNT, MEBEGE, the Supreme God, was lonely with only a SPIDER, Dibobia, for company.

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