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New PDF release: African Genesis: Folk Tales and Myths of Africa

By Leo Frobenius

An eminent German explorer, ethnologist, and authority on prehistoric artwork, Leo Frobenius (1873‒1938) startled the realm of anthropology along with his notion of "continuity of cultures" — offering, for example, a hyperlink among Egyptian spiritual symbols and preexisting African mythology. during his anthropological fieldwork, Frobenius and different individuals of his expeditions gathered an abundance of real African folklore. This quantity offers a wealthy choice of those attention-grabbing stories, fables, and legends.
Stories variety from the Kabyl legends of the early Berbers and ballads of the Fulbe bards of Sahel within the southern Sahara to the comically exaggerated inconceivable stories of the Mande in Sudan and the pleasing production myths of the Wahungwe of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The thematic adaptations within the stories correspond with their narrators' assorted geographical and cultural backgrounds.
Recounted with attractive simplicity and directness, those often fun, occasionally weird and wonderful tales are illustrated with diversifications of prehistoric rock work and images of twentieth-century Africans. Of enormous price to scholars of African tradition, this publication also will attract the various dedicated readers of folklore and mythology.

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Uh ... " he mumbled. The beasts stared, waiting, blowing roughly through their nostrils. Max knew he had to come up with something immediately, and to his surprise, he did. " said Judith. " Now Carol arrived, standing behind the others. He had been impressed with Max before, but now he seemed in awe of this small creature's presence and power. "Um ... The hammers," Max explained, making it up as he went along, "they were huge ones and they didn't know how to be still. They were crazy. They were always shaking and running around and they never stopped to see what was right in front of them.

Carol gently placed it on Max's head. It was heavy, made of something like iron, and the metal was cool on his forehead. But the crown fit, and Max smiled. Carol stood back and looked at him, nodding as if everything had finally fallen into place. The Bull lifted Max and placed him on his shoulder, and as they made their way out of the tunnel, there were deafening cheers from the rest of the beasts. The Bull paraded Max around the forest, as everyone whooped and danced in a very ugly -- drool and mucus spraying left and right -- but celebratory kind of way.

You don't need the crown today," Carol explained. " "Oh. Okay, thanks," Max said. Only after a moment did he realize he didn't know why his crown was under the fire. But it seemed to make sense to Carol, and he didn't want to question the custom. They walked away from the cliff and through the forest, the undergrowth strange and new -- ferns of orange, moss of yellow, vines of marbled white. Max tried to take it all in, but he was exhausted. He couldn't have slept more than a few hours. And he was dirty.

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