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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 heritage of human habitation in Africa; the various geography, flowers, and fauna of the continent; and the range of African cultural ideals comes a desirable and powerful culture of delusion. African Mythology A to Z is a readable connection with the deities, locations, occasions, animals, ideals, and different matters that seem within the myths of assorted African peoples. With approximately three hundred entries written to notify and attract teens - and illustrations accompanying the textual content all through - this priceless source sheds gentle on an issue that many americans, old and young, locate themselves interested in examine. With an creation that gives ancient context for greater figuring out the myths, African Mythology A to Z absolutely describes, defines, and explains key tales, characters, subject matters, and different features of the myths of African peoples.

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This is why other animals have short noses. The RABBIT said that day and night had not existed when he was born. The porcupine said that when he came into the world, it was still soft. When all the animals had finished, Anansi announced that he, in fact, was the oldest creature. When he was born, Earth itself did not exist. When Anansi’s father died, there was no ground in which to bury him, so Anansi had buried his father in his head. The animals had to agree that Anansi was indeed the oldest of them all.

Since there was no one in the world but him, he had put out the fire. The fire had burned his legs, and they were still red. The parrot claimed that when he was born, there were no tools or weapons. He had made the first iron tool with his beak, which is why parrots’ beaks are bent. The ELEPHANT claimed that when he was created, the Supreme God gave him such a large nose that there was very little material left. This is why other animals have short noses. The RABBIT said that day and night had not existed when he was born.

Natural amulets are of many kinds: the feathers of birds; animal hooves, horns, teeth, and claws; bones; stones; plants and grasses. For example, the teeth of LIONS and CROCODILES were regarded as powerful MEDICINE against wild beasts, especially if a hunter wore them and returned from the hunt successfully. Crafted amulets include carved figures of animals, beaded ornaments, and jewelry such as bracelets, anklets, and rings. Charms are sometimes carried in a pouch called a mojo bag in some cultures, a wanga (oanga) bag in others.

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