African Myths and Folk Tales

African Myths and Folk Tales

by Carter Godwin Woodson


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How was the earth formed, and where did animals come from? Why does the hippopotamus live in water, and why do cats chase rats? Imaginative answers to these and other age-old questions can be found among the rich oral traditions of Africa. Generations of listeners have delighted in these fanciful explanations of the natural, moral, and spiritual worlds, which unfold amid a realm of talking animals, magic drums, tricksters, and fairies.
Known as the "Father of Black History," Carter Godwin Woodson was among the first scholars to promote the history and achievements of African-Americans. His compilation of fables about a jealous blind man, a disobedient daughter, a rivalry among brothers, and other timeless predicaments is punctuated with thought-provoking proverbs and gentle humor. Told in simple language, these tales will enchant readers and listeners of all ages. Over sixty evocative illustrations appear throughout the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486477343
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 01/14/2010
Series: Dover Children's Thrift Classics Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 375,002
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Known as the Father of Black History, Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950) was a professor at Howard University and a founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History as well as editor of the Journal of Negro History.

Table of Contents

Why the Sun Shines by Day and the Moon by Night
How Animals Came into the World
The Beginning of Death
Why Children Belong to the Mother
The Ingrate
the Jealousy of the Blind Man
The Race for a Wife
The Deer and the Snail
Ohia and his Sorrows
Why Some Women Never Eat Mutton
The Fairy Wife
The Disobedient Daughter's Marriage
Kindness Misunderstood
The Dog and the Leopard
How the Dog Became the Friend of Man
The Cats and Fowls
Why Chickens Live with man
Why the Hawk Catches Chickens
The Fox and the Goat
Why Goats Live with Man
The Lion, the Leopard, and the Dog
The Leopard, the Tortoise, and the Bush Rat
The Lioness and the Cow
Why the Hippopotamus Lives in the Water
Why the Bush Fowl Calls up the Dawn
Why the Cat Catches Rats
The Crocodile's Relatives
The Reward for Honesty
The Squirrel and the Spider
The Toad and the Kite
the Antelope and the Jackal
The Leopard and the Hare
The Rabbit and the Antelope
Beware of Bad Company
The Partnership of the Elephant and the Rabbit
Three Rival Brothers
The Legend of Ngurangurane

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