By Patricia Ann Lynch

ISBN-10: 0816048924

ISBN-13: 9780816048922

ISBN-10: 1438119887

ISBN-13: 9781438119885

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 varied geography, plant life, and fauna of the continent; and the diversity of African cultural ideals comes a desirable and powerful culture of fantasy. African Mythology A to Z is a readable connection with the deities, areas, occasions, animals, ideals, and different topics that seem within the myths of varied African peoples. With approximately three hundred entries written to notify and attract adolescents - and illustrations accompanying the textual content all through - this invaluable source sheds gentle on a subject matter that many american citizens, old and young, locate themselves attracted to examine. With an creation that offers old context for higher realizing the myths, African Mythology A to Z totally describes, defines, and explains key tales, characters, topics, and different points of the myths of African peoples.

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In a myth told by the Sara of Chad and Sudan, a crow was responsible for the scattering of humans, fish, and plants throughout the world. ) In some cultures, birds were revered for various powers they were supposed to have. In West Africa, ibis were revered for their supposed oracular powers— their ability to predict future events. In the KONO CREATION ACCOUNT, there was no light in the world until a man named Sa gave birds the ability to sing. Their voices called light into the world. In the SHANGAAN CREATION ACCOUNT, a bird was responsible for the ORIGIN OF HUMANS.

See also KONO CREATION ACCOUNT; MAKONI CREATION ACCOUNT; SHONA CREATION ACCOUNT. CREATOR See SUPREME BEING. This ivory bracelet is carved with representations of crocodiles, a symbol of royal power for the Yoruba of Nigeria. Traditionally, only the king could wear ivory ornaments. (Detroit Institute of Art) CROCODILE A carnivorous, lizardlike reptile found throughout most of Africa south of the Sahara. Crocodiles average 16 feet in length and prey upon a wide variety of animals—antelope, buffalo, young hippos, fish—as well as on humans.

The woman did not come back to life, and from then on all people were fated to die. ) In a different myth about the origin of death, the Supreme God (called Baatsi in the Efe story and Tore in the Mbuti myth) had told humans that they could eat the fruit of any tree but the tahu. As long as humans obeyed this rule, Baatsi took them to live in the sky with him when they grew old. One day a pregnant woman craved tahu fruit and had her husband pick some for her. The Moon saw this and told the Creator.

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