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A Dictionary of African Mythology

Harold Scheub

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780195124569
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9780199891191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acref/9780195124569.001.0001
A Dictionary of African Mythology

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This collection of fascinating, mysterious, and revealing tales captures the immense sweep and diversity of African mythology. The stories touch on virtually every aspect of belief: gods and goddesses, epic heroes and divine tricksters, along with epics of the world's origins, the struggle between the human and the divine, and much more. Entries cover the entire continent, from the mouth of the Nile to the Cape of Good Hope.

Here, for example, is the tale of Abu Zayd (from the Bani Hilal of Tunisia), an epic hero who battles a jinni; and here too is a myth of how the moon and the toad created the first man and woman, from the Soko of Congo. Each story is told, and information provided about the respective belief system, the main characters, and related stories or variants.

This magnificent collection not only provides hundreds of fascinating myths, but also recaptures their cultural contexts, in which story and storyteller, tradition and performance, all merge.

Book.  373 pages.  121990 words. 

Subjects: Customs and Traditions

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Abasi's Messenger Is a Vulture (Anang/Nigeria) in A Dictionary of African Mythology

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Abasi's Sexual Prohibition Is Broken (Efik/Nigeria) in A Dictionary of African Mythology

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Abasi Throws an Ax into a Latrine (Efik/Nigeria) in A Dictionary of African Mythology

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Abasi Ibom Interacts with Man within Two Universes (Ibibio/Nigeria) in A Dictionary of African Mythology

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Aberewa's Pestle Bumps God (Akan, Asante/Ghana) in A Dictionary of African Mythology

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Abradi and the Deadly Rabbit (Ama, Nyimang/Sudan) in A Dictionary of African Mythology

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Abua Moves to Earth on a Rope (Abua/Nigeria) in A Dictionary of African Mythology

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Abuk Strikes God on the Toe (Dinka/Sudan) in A Dictionary of African Mythology

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Abu Zayd Struggles with a Jinni (Bani Hilal, Banu Hilal/Tunisia) in A Dictionary of African Mythology

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Adoudoua and the Wandering Soul (Agni, Baoule/Côte d'Ivoire) in A Dictionary of African Mythology

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