African Folklore

graduate courses in African folklore, until the department metamorphosed into the Center for Ethnography and Folklore. Scholars in African folklore at Pennsylvania include Dan Ben Amos. Pennsylvania has been responsible for several ...

African Folklore

First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Best of African Folklore

Phyllis Savory. n...... African FOLKLORE o o o/ na. African FOLKLORE PHYLLIS SAWORY Illustrated by Gina Daniel. Front Cover.

The Best of African Folklore

Africa has a wonderfully rich store of folk tales that have been passed down from one generation to the next. There are stories about how the world came into being, stories that tell of the relationships between human beings and between man and his environment, and of the lessons to be learned from everyday experience. The tales are like the fairy talkes told all over the world, but they have a strong African flavour that is as real as the smell of rain on hot earth. The Best of African Folklore takes the reader into an enchanted world where animals can talk and humans are often changed into different forms, where magic is commonplace and reality is turned delightfully on its head. Despite numerous setbacks, things usually turn out all right in the end. Wicked and greedy people (and animals) come off worst and the good receive their just rewards. The gods are stern but fair, and every story has a moral for those who are wise enough to see it.

The Palgrave Handbook of African Oral Traditions and Folklore

aura by our translation of the epic as a whole, bearing in mind that the great bulk of it is everyday Gambian Mandinka.15 Okpewho avers that African folklore chooses a style or form of translation.16 For instance, the mythical value of ...

The Palgrave Handbook of African Oral Traditions and Folklore

This handbook offers the most comprehensive, analytic, and multidisciplinary study of oral traditions and folklore in Africa and the African Diaspora to date. Preeminent scholars Akintunde Akinyemi and Toyin Falola assemble a team of leading and rising stars across African Studies research to retrieve and renew the scholarship of oral traditions and folklore in Africa and the Diaspora just as critical concerns about their survival are pushed to the forefront of the field. With five sections on the central themes within orality and folklore – including engagement ranging from popular culture to technology, methods to pedagogy – this handbook is an indispensable resource to scholars, students, and practitioners of oral traditions and folklore preservation alike. This definitive reference is the first to provide detailed, systematic discussion, and up-to-date analysis of African oral traditions and folklore.

African American Folklore An Encyclopedia for Students

The West African folktale in which a fish swallows Anancy the spider and his seven sons must rescue him, for example, serves as a reminder of the principle of umoja (unity). The tale of the three tests, in which small ...

African American Folklore  An Encyclopedia for Students

African American folklore dates back 240 years and has had a significant impact on American culture from the slavery period to the modern day. This encyclopedia provides accessible entries on key elements of this long history, including folklore originally derived from African cultures that have survived here and those that originated in the United States. • Offers the most comprehensive compilation of resources on African American folklore, in the forms of bibliographical citations, lists of websites, and lists of cultural centers • Demonstrates the importance of black folklore to the development of American culture • Contains a unique collection of entries on black folk traditions • Documents the historical, aesthetic influence of African culture on African American folklore

African Mythology

There also exist African myths of spirits that inhabit rocks, mountains and plants, such places are considered sacred. In African folklore, Jok is the concept of the divine; it can be good or wicked, one or many.

African Mythology

This is a 3-book bundle, which addresses various subtopics, including but not limited to these: Book 1: The Africans have a long history, although not everything has been preserved in writing. And many folklore stories have been passed on through generations. The African tribes vary as much as the colors of the rainbow. It is for these reasons, and entertainment as well, that this book has been put together. It entails several mythological tales that refer to African gods, creatures, and entities. Some of these have morals. Others are symbolic of one thing or another. All in all, this is a short but fun and intriguing book about African culture and ancient religions from that region. Book 2: The African people hide secret treasures of wisdom and spiritual insights. In this guide, you will become more familiar with some of the most common gods and goddesses in African tribal worship. Moreover, you will read or listen to some interesting stories that were told from one generation to the next. Some of these myths may inspire you, others might confuse you, but in a general sense, it is useful and fascinating to learn more about them. Book 3: The extensive history of Africa provides us with a topic of curiosity and novelty. For this reason, this guide has been composed to help you understand some of the cultural anecdotes as well as the religious and traditional tales that have been told to previous generations. When we dive into some background information, you will have a better grasp of the context of the four intense stories that follow. Enjoy this short, simple yet profound compilation of African myths.

African Mythology Rocks

Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth (New York: Doubleday, 1988), p. 72. Chapter 6. how anansi got god's Stories 1. Harold Courlander, A Treasury of African Folklore: The Oral Literature, Traditions, Myths, Legends, ...

African Mythology Rocks

"Read about the Yoruban creation myth, How Anansi got God's Stories, and five other important African myths"--Provided by publisher.

Structuralism and African Folklore

89-94 . 16 #Fleischer , C. , and Wilkie , M.M. , “ Specimens of Folklore of the Ga - people of the Gold Coast . ” Africa Vol . III , No. 3 ( July , 1930 ) , pp . 360-361 . Radin , Paul and Sweeney , African Folktales and Sculptue , pp .

Structuralism and African Folklore


African Folklore in the New World

57-58 ; Peter Eric Adotey Addo , Ghana Folk Tales : Ananse Folk Stories from Africa ( New York : Exposition Press , 1968 ) , pp . 38–39 . In some versions , the interdiction is against slapping mosquitoes rather than not scratching .

African Folklore in the New World


African Folklore and Oral Narrative in Jamaica

Crowley , Daniel J. " African Folktales in Afro - America ' , Black America , ed . John F. Szwed , New York , Basic Books , 1970 , pp . 179-189 . ed . African Folklore in the New World , Austin , University of Texas Press , 1977 .

African Folklore and Oral Narrative in Jamaica


Crossing Borders Through Folklore

African American Women's Fiction and Art Alma Jean Billingslea-Brown ... “Heading for a Black Aesthetic,” 17–18; and Roger D. Abrahams's introduction to his African Folktales: Traditional Stories of the Black World, 6–8. 16.

Crossing Borders Through Folklore

Examining works by Toni Morrison, Paule Marshall, Faith Ringgold, and Betye Saar, this innovative book frames black women's aesthetic sensibilities across art forms. Investigating the relationship between vernacular folk culture and formal expression, this study establishes how each of the four artists engaged the identity issues of the 1960s and used folklore as a strategy for crossing borders in the works they created during the following two decades. Because of its interdisciplinary approach, this study will appeal to students and scholars in many fields, including African American literature, art history, women's studies, diaspora studies, and cultural studies.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore

Dr. Jean Price - Mars , a Haitian scholar and author of So Spoke the Uncle ( 1983 ) , interprets Bouqui in Haitian folklore specifically as reflective of African slaves ' bitterness toward assimilation in a slave culture .

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore


African Folklore

African Folklore


African Communication Systems and the Digital Age

Folklore as an instrument of education among the Chewa people of Zambia. International Review of Education, 59(2), 197–216. Herskovits, M.J. (1961). The study of African oral art. The Journal of American Folklore, 74(294), 451–456.

African Communication Systems and the Digital Age

The book covers African communication systems, discussing modes and forms of communication across West, East and Southern Africa and comparing them with traditional and new media. African Communication Systems and the Digital Age contextualizes communication by bringing to the table African contributions to the field, examining the importance of African indigenous forms of communication and the intersection of African communication systems and the digital age. The book covers various concepts, models, theories and classifications of African communication systems, including instrumental communication, types of African music and their communication properties, indigenous writing systems, non-verbal communication, and mythological communication. Through careful analysis of communication in Africa, this book provides insights into the various modes of communication in use prior to the advent of traditional and new media as well as their continued relevance in the digital age. African Communication Systems and the Digital Age will be of interest to students and scholars of African communication.

Demons and African Warriors

This book proffers the Rational Reflections on the allegedly demonic-dalliances and shows all dalliances as explainable by sciences, using without hindrance concepts from every scientific field that are applicable in eliciting explanations, ...

Demons and African Warriors

Four alleged demonic folklores about African-warriors alliances with the demonic world subjected to Rational Reflections: Reconstructive scientific thought-analyses of observations of the folklores; submits that often the claims of demonic or other worldly aspects of the folklores are the result of the outcomes of the folklores being outside of the scope of normal knowledge of the Africans in question.The folklores often stem from the circumstance that Africans, involved in any mortal dynamic campaign, have tended to form alliances with alleged demonic forces that are mostly efficacious for unpredictably short time-spans, effectively resetting the alliances as dalliances. This book proffers the Rational Reflections on the allegedly demonic-dalliances and shows all dalliances as explainable by sciences, using without hindrance concepts from every scientific field that are applicable in eliciting explanations, effectively addressing the larger question of whether objects of the dalliances can be reconstructively reverse engineered on purely science principles, and therefore enable the construction of explanation for the observation. The Rational Reflections invariably redefine the notion of black art as black sciences though the explanations are not necessarily within the conceptual reach of most Africans disposed to engage in black arts as to promote informed decisions. Even then, the elicitation that alleged African demonic-dalliances may very well be the practice of sciences by people who are not well-versed in the sciences, should enable the focused evolution of the African mental orientation towards sciences, away from the prevailing state in which most African communities have not pervasively evolved from the days of magic, and witches and warlocks.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Folklore UF Legends Tales SA subdivision Folklore under specific ethnic groups ( e.g. Eskimos , Indians of North America ... Folklore , Aboriginal Australian USE Aboriginal Australians — Folklore Folklore , African American USE African ...

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Here are entered single folktales or collections of folklore originating in a particular geographic area . Single folktales or collections of folklore of ethnic groups ... Ashanti ( African people ) -Folklore . 2. Folklore -Ghana ; 1.

Library of Congress Subject Headings


Library of Congress Subject Headings

Here are entered single folktales or collections of folklore originating in a particular geographic area . Single folktales or collections of folklore of ethnic groups ... Ashanti ( African people ) -Folklore . 2. Folklore -Ghana ; 1.

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African Folktales in the New World

Crowley , Daniel J. 1962 Negro Folklore ; An Africanist's View . Texas Quarterly 5 : 65-71 . 1970 A Tale Type Index for Africa . Research in African Literatures 1 : 50-52 . 1977 African Folklore in the New World .

African Folktales in the New World

"These essays... are of immense importance to anyone interested in the issues of origins and folklore texts."Â —Choice "... this is Bascom at his best.... an attractive and full-bodied book." —Fabula These essays, devoted to traditional narratives found in Africa and in the New World, represent the last major research project of William Bascom (1912-1981), eminent authority on African art and folklore—his intention was to demonstrate the African roots of African American folktales.

Forms of Folklore in Africa

44 Philip Noss , " Description in Gbaya Literary Art , " in African Folklore , ed . Richard M. Dorson ( Garden City , N.Y .: Doubleday , 1972 ) , p . 75 . 45 Ibid . , p . 76 . 46 This discussion is based on a .

Forms of Folklore in Africa


The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore A F

From 1976 through 1982 he published a number of essays on the subject under the title " African Folktales in America " in Research in African Literatures . In 1992 , eleven years after his death , these tales were collected into the ...

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore  A F

Contains over seven hundred entries on African American folklore, including music, art, foodways, spiritual beliefs, and proverbs.